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F1 | Saudi Arabia contemplating a move to be an early race on the 2022 calendar

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix promoters are looking to switch slots in the Formula 1 calendar to have an earlier race in the 2022 season, as speculations say that Bahrain might be the season opening once again.

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F1 | Saudi Arabia contemplating a move to be an early race on the 2022 calendar
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In the current season, the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is set to take place a week before the grand finale in Abu Dhabi, on December 5th. But, according to Motorsport.com, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix promoter and chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, says that the organization is looking to switch dates and have an earlier race next season.

"For us as a promoter we prefer not to be the last races," he said. "Teams can do good really in the first races and then the other races have become not so interesting, as a promoter.

"We wanted to have race in the beginning [of the season] but in the time we had to do the work for the track and prepare the track, we couldn't have a race in 2021 at the beginning of the year.

"Our decision was to have a race at the end of 2021, or [wait to] have an early race in 2022. Our decision was we wanted the race in 2021.

"So we are now discussing with F1 about what is best for us to have our race in 2022, and hopefully we can get to an agreement."

The COVID-19 pandemic impact is expected to have a heavy influence on the 2022 calendar, with a increasing probability that the Australian Grand Prix, which has been cancelled for the last two years, will be again rescheduled to a later date to give the country more time to handle the international travel restrictions.

If the Australian GP is shifted back in the calendar, it leaves an opportunity for Bahrain to be the season opener again in 2022. If this is the case, it would be logical for Saudi Arabia to form a back-to-back due to the closeness of the countries. 


With preparations on schedule for the Jeddah street race, Prince Khalid has also declared the interest in holding the third sprint race trial after he enjoyed the first one in Silverstone as a spectator and promoter.


"I think it's good. You have more races to see, more action on Saturday. We would love to be one of the countries that had the sprint race.


"The decision now is F1's and we will see. Is it going to be another country, with three countries in Europe, or will the Middle East will be one of them? I would love to see it in Saudi."


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