Formula 1 Could Add Race In Saudi Arabia By 2021, But Questions Linger Over Human Rights, Freedom Of Press

Formula 1 could add a race in Saudi Arabia to its calendar as early as 2021, The Times reports.

It is no secret that the sport’s owner, Liberty Media, is eager to expand the presence of Formula 1 around the world but it appears to be proceeding cautiously over the possibility of hosting a race in Saudi Arabia.

It is reported that ongoing discussions between F1 and Saudi Arabia are centered around ensuring gender equality, freedom of the press, and respect for human rights at a possible race. While the sport already hosts two races in the Middle East, in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, talk of a race being held in Saudi Arabia is particularly controversial after the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives in Turkey last year.

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In addition, Saudi Arabia only lifted a ban on female drivers last year. Sources tell Reuters that all 10 teams have been asked to express their opinions about racing in Saudi Arabia but added that just because discussions are being held, there’s no guarantee that a race in the kingdom will eventuate.

Saudi Arabia only came to the attention of the motorsport world back in 2018 with the Race of Champions. In mid-2018, the kingdom also signed a deal to host a Formula E race every year for the next decade.

Liberty Media is in discussions with a number of other nations and cities to host F1 races in the coming years. One new location already confirmed for the 2020 season is Vietnam with a temporary street circuit to be constructed in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. There are also talks for a London street race and an event in Miami.

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  • DMJ

    These guys do everything for money.

  • Richie Rich

    F1 needs to bring back V10 engines and someone organize a coup and toss out Ecclestone.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Ecclestone’s been gone for years. His greediness still permeates the sport, unfortunately.

    • gbmike25

      Did you know Mansell retired?

  • CarbonPhiber

    So, let’s see. Liberty Media is going to tell the world that they’ve changed an entire culture’s thousand-year-old attitude about gender equality, freedom of the press, and respect for human rights after a just few meetings, so they can have a race? Are they completely delusional, or are they that singularly driven by money..?

  • Six Thousand Times


  • FlameWater

    Sure as long as they build the track near the Yemen border so everyone can get a view of the F-15 bombers

  • Who cares bout the Arabian human rights? It’s all bout how much money the FIA earns.

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