The rumors circulated a while ago, and now it is confirmed that Saudi Arabia will take a place on the F1 calendar next season. The competition will be held in Jeddah. Liberty Media CEO Chase Carey said we’re excited about the potential to reach new fans.
In a few weeks, F1 will introduce its 2021 competition calendar, but it is now clear that Saudi Arabia will arrange the race. The Madinah Race will be held in Jeddah during the final stages of the season.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a country that is rapidly becoming a center for sport and entertainment, and we are very happy to compete with Formula 1 there from next season.
The region is important to us as 70 percent of the population is under the age of 30. We’re excited about reaching new fans and giving our current fans an exciting competition in an amazing historical setting, Liberty Media CEO Chase Carey says.
A large number of other sports have organized competitions in Saudi Arabia, but this has led to many criticisms of sports laundry, as the suspicious regimes want to try to improve their reputation through various events.
Amnesty International also strongly criticized the decision to hold a race in the country.
Formula 1 must realize that competition in Saudi Arabia is part of the sports laundry that exists. Before the start of the competition in Jeddah, we would like to invite all drivers, owners and stables to speak about human rights in the country and express solidarity with imprisoned human rights defenders, He writes in a statement according to The Guardian.
Formula 1 has been criticized in the past for hosting races in Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and China. The answer now is that you work hard to be a positive force in all the places you compete.
We take our responsibility very seriously, and we have made our position on human rights and other issues clear to all partners and host countries.