Safety concerns surrounding the Saudi Grand Prix have kept F1 drivers meeting late into the night before deciding whether or not to enter the race.
The Saudi Grand Prix is in danger of being canceled on Friday night after a missile attack hit an oil refinery less than 10 miles from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit just before starting Free Practice 2.
When Formula 1 Race officials will go ahead despite safety concerns, with drivers holding a lengthy meeting appearing to be debating whether to race.
When the more than four-hour meeting broke down after 2:30 a.m. local time, the drivers and captains gave signs that the race would continue.
F1 Twitter doesn’t really believe in how it handles decision making.
F1’s Twitter doesn’t believe the Saudi Grand Prix should be held
Formula 1 decided to cancel the Russian Grand Prix earlier this year after the country invaded Ukraine. Many think the discussion of not racing in war-torn countries could extend to Saudi Arabia, where the Houthis have vowed to keep attacking until their demands for Yemen is met.
The insurgency’s targeting of Aramco facilities is of particular interest as Aramco is a global partner of F1. Their logo is often prominent at Formula 1 races. If the Houthis want to get noticed, they could not choose a more prominent target than this weekend’s Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.
In addition to direct concerns about a potential attack, air quality could become an issue for an area where a fire broke out just miles away.
Saturday will include one final practice session then qualifying for Sunday’s race. The F1 world can only hope it all goes well.
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