In the latest news involving the Saudi Arabian GP, it has been revealed that construction for the Jeddah track is behind schedule and an official who has chosen to remain anonymous says that the organizers were "racing against time" and working "round the clock" to complete the track on time. The deadline for the Saudi Arabian GP is quickly approaching and is set for early December.
The inaugural Saudi Arabian GP is scheduled to take place on the streets of Jeddah from December 3rd through December 5th. The circuit has 27 corners and is 6.1 Km long. The Saudi Arabian track will be a night race with 50 laps and will be the penultimate race to the season finale in Dubai.
The new Saudi Arabian track has already cost a substantial amount of money for its construction and therefore there is a great deal at stake for its completion on time for the F1 schedule this season.
Despite the uncertain times revolving around the pandemic, Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Faisal, president of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, said there was a "huge demand" for tickets.
"We're expecting a huge turnout, especially from Europe and the United States," Prince Khalid told reporters.
"The Formula One project has cost a lot, and it is standard that cost is compensated by the sale of tickets as well as other sources, including advertisements and local sponsors."
Although F1 is not the only motorsport series to race in Saudia Arabia, others include Formula E and the Dakar Rally, the Saudi Arabain GP has already sparked controversy for its lack of human rights and has put F1 under scrutiny.
Back in July, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal, president of the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation, told formula1.com that he wants to use the Saudi Arabian GP as part of his long term goal to create a better future for his country:
"This modern, exhilarating and high-speed circuit stands as a physical representation of the goals we have set for ourselves as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 programme that aims to build a better country, fulfil our nation’s dream of prosperity and unlock the talent, potential, and dedication of our young men and women,"
Only time will tell what type of impact the F1 and the Saudi Arabia GP will have on the people of Saudi Arabia, however, there is sure to be more controversy leading up to and during the race weekend from human rights groups all over the world.