The organizers of the Formula 1 race for the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia announced tonight that the race will be held as planned on Sunday, despite the attack on the oil company’s warehouse in Jeddah, near the track.
“The racing weekend will be held according to plan. The safety of all our guests is our priority and we are looking forward to welcoming the fans during the weekend of top racing and fun,” the Saudi Motosport said in a statement, according to the BBC.
Saudi state television announced that this afternoon there was an attack on the warehouse of the state oil company Saudi Aramko, which was attacked by Yemeni rebels from the Houthi movement in the previous days.
A large fire and thick black smoke could be seen from the track, and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen said on the radio during his first training session that he could smell burning.
“We are in contact with the Saudi security authorities, as well as the leadership of Formula 1 and the International Automobile Federation to ensure that all necessary security measures continue to be implemented and to ensure the safety of all participants, audiences and stakeholders,” the statement added. .
The drivers and team directors were in a meeting with the organizers ahead of tonight’s second training session.
The qualifiers will be held on Saturday at 6 pm, and the race for the Saudi Grand Prix is on the program on Sunday at 7 pm.