A missile attack by Houthi rebels just a few miles from the F1 racetrack in Jeddah has everyone questioning whether the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix should continue.
Second week of Formula 1 The season opens with some horror after an Aramco refinery less than 10 miles from Jeddah Corniche Circuit was attacked by Houthi rebels.
The Houthis, an Islamic political organization in direct conflict with Saudi Arabia over Yemen, claimed responsibility for the missile attack that sent a plume of black smoke into the air.
The column of smoke was visible as drivers prepared for Free Practice 2 and led to delays when F1 officials met with teams to discuss the incident.
F1 officials intend for Saudi Grand Prix to go ahead as planned
With the attack looming and the Houthis vowing to keep attacking Saudi Arabia until their goal is achieved in Yemen, the question is whether the Saudi Grand Prix can take place on Friday.
Formula 1 makes a statementAllay fears about cancellation:
“Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities monitoring the situation unfolding today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will stay in close contact with them as well as all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”
F1 had to cancel a Grand Prix this season military conflict, passing the Russian Grand Prix after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
F1 exercise delayed by a nearby attack by Houthi rebels
FP2 was delayed by just 15 minutes to hold a meeting between F1 teams, drivers and officials such as F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
When the cars get back on track, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc Prove yourself the fastest in the sessionjust ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The two drivers are set for another entertaining battle while their teammates Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez are also competing fiercely to finish in third and fourth place.
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