Will Formula One Racing Come to Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia and Formula One are discussing the possibility of holding a race in the country, “and team bosses have been asked for an opinion,” sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

“The Times newspaper reported that Formula One and the 10 teams would seek reassurance on issues including human rights, gender equality and media freedom before any race could happen….Multiple informed sources confirmed to Reuters the substance of the report.”

The first Middle Eastern Formula E race was held in Saudi Arabia on December 15.

The first Middle Eastern Formula E race was held in Saudi Arabia on December 15.

The Times suggested a Saudi race could become a reality as soon as 2021, with the schedule already expected to stretch to a record 22 races in 2020, Reuters reports.

Saudi Arabia has increased its appetite for sporting and entertainment events in the Kingdom as it continues ahead with Vision 2030 economic and social reforms.

On December 15, 23,000 spectators attended the 2018 Ad Diriyah ePrix in Riyadh, which was held in the historic town of Diriyah.