The first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place on December 5, a week before the Abu Dhabiu round, and will be the penultimate round on the Formula 1 calendar.
The positioning on the calendar, however, did not please the promoter and president of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal. The latter, in fact, would prefer it to be played at the beginning of the season.
“As a promoter I would prefer not to be at the end of the calendar. The teams can do really well in the early stages and there is a risk that the following races may not be so interesting ”.
“We wanted to have a race early in the season, but the time required to design and build the track prevented us from making this request.”
“We had to choose whether to have a race at the end of 2021 or wait until 2022 for the Jeddah GP to be held at the beginning of the year. Now we are discussing with F1 to be on the calendar at the beginning of the year and I hope that an agreement can be found ”.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic could still weigh on the definition of next year’s calendar and there is a high probability that the Australian GP will be placed at the end of the season so as to give the country more time to deal with international travel restrictions. .
If this indiscretion were to be confirmed, it will be up to Bahrain again to be the first GP of the season, as already happened this year, and then it would make sense to place the Saudi Arabian GP immediately after so as to kick off the first back to back of the year. .
In addition to the positioning on the calendar, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal has expressed a lot of interest in the Sprint Qualifying and hopes that the third short race on Saturday can be held on the Jeddah track.
“I was at Silverstone last weekend and I really enjoyed it both as a spectator and as a promoter. It was nice to have more races to watch and more action on Saturday. We would like to be one of the countries that can host the Sprint Qualifying ”.
“The decision now rests with Formula 1, but I’d like it to be held in Saudi Arabia”.