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“We will never get into a situation that could endanger the safety of our employees,” Stefano Domenicali is sure that Formula 1 is not blind to dangers

Stephen Domenicali
Stephen Domenicali

After a rocket attack on an oil storage facility less than 10 miles from the Jeddah circuit, the race’s plight was called into question after a disheartening weekend for F1. While F1 officials were reassured about the safety of the venue after a press conference by Saudi authorities, drivers were more concerned and decided to hold a four-hour meeting on Friday night to discuss a possible strike.

After discussions with team bosses, Saudi representatives and F1 officials, the drivers finally agreed that it would be preferable if they chose to compete. However, while the decisions made at Jeddah were aimed solely at getting through the race weekend, discussions on whether or not F1 should return are set to start soon. While some in the paddock are excited to see Saudi Arabia on the calendar, others are concerned about the safety scenario and the venom that has been surrounding motorsport lately.

F1 boss Stephen Domenicali is aware that Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in the calendar is not without controversy, but believes it is wrong to recommend that its fate is in doubt. When asked about F1’s responsibility in such matters, Domenicali replied: “I think it’s not about question marks. It’s about understanding the situation. We are not blind, but we must not forget one thing: that this country, also through Formula 1 and the sport we believe in, is taking a big step forward. You can’t pretend to change a culture that’s more than a millennium old in the blink of an eye. You can see the resources they are providing to move forward here.”

Stefano Domenicali defends Formula 1 after criticism of the organization following events in Jeddah

Jeddah oil refinery caught fire
Jeddah oil refinery caught fire

The current CEO of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, when asked about the reliability of F1 as a whole, added: “Don’t forget that a few years ago women couldn’t drive and now they’re on the grid and cheering on the kids. They party, they watch the sport, they change a lot of the laws to make sure that happens. We don’t have to ignore that. Of course there are tensions inside, there are things that need to be improved. We don’t want to get political there.”

He then went on to mention how he believes Formula 1 has a crucial role to play in modernizing Saudi Arabia and that this is at the heart of their agenda. While some have argued that Formula 1 has inconsistently halted the Russian Grand Prix due to its conflict with Ukraine and continued despite Yemen’s conflict with Saudi Arabia, Domenicali believes otherwise.

Domenicali explained that it was a matter of definition whether it was a terrorist attack or a war. “We talk about sport, of course we are in contact with all the authorities and with all the embassies, with all the right bodies. And of course we will follow suit and never get into a situation that could endanger the safety of our employees.”

Also read: “We received full assurances” Stefano Domenicali on the start of the Saudi Arabian GP

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