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F1 | F1 chiefs "confident" that "the track will be done" on time at Jeddah for this year's Saudi Arabian GP

Nielsen, Masi and Domenicali speak on Jeddah's circuit construction development less than a month to go for the Saudi Arabian GP to take place. "It's an ambitious project, it will be a great facility," they say.

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F1 | F1 chiefs "confident" that "the track will be done" on time at Jeddah for this year's Saudi Arabian GP
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With the Saudi Arabian GP set to take place at the penultimate event on this year’s F1’s championship calendar, and carrying the weight of an exciting title battle that seems to look forward to being decided at the last possible stage, is not a secret that the facilities at the city of Jeddah are not finished with less than a month for the F1 circus to head its way into the country.

Before stopping at Doha for the Qatar Grand Prix and the 20th race of the year, Formula 1 chiefs spoke about the delay that the circuit’s construction is taking and if whether it’ll affect the realization and development of the event.

F1 sporting director Steve Nielsen says, even though he’s pretty confident everything will be ready on time, organizers are “up against it.”

“They are. But they're literally working 24/7 as they have been for quite a long time now. I saw some more photos this morning, and they've made huge progress. But still a lot to do,” he told motorsport.com.

"So it really is going to be down to the wire. But they'll get it done. Everything we need to put the race on safely we'll have, I'm confident of that."

F1 race director Michael Masi left Brazil shortly after the race at Interlagos to fly and keep a close eye on the Jeddah street circuit’s final modification: "I'm confident that it will be ready,” he said.

The Australian also accepted a late finish was in the plans since the approval and introduction of the event into the F1 calendar: "It was always going to be very close. There's no doubt about that. Everything that I've seen, the progress day-on-day and week-on-week has been amazing since I was there last, and looking forward to having a look on Tuesday [after the Qatar GP].

Finally, F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali followed the path of the comments made by his colleagues and assured all things necessary for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to take place the first weekend of December will be covered.

"I think that we are confident with a promoter that he is working day and night, even night and day to arrive there," Domenicali said to motorsport.com.

"But they are really working very, very hard. And you will see the level of investment that they will provide. It will be perfect, I'm sure, in the next season, but it will be very, very, very good already for this year."

To conclude, Domenicali acknowledged some elements of the venue that aren't essential to racing could not be ready for this year’s event.

"It's possible, but the track will be done, the priority we know is there. But you will see the level of show that they're going to bring there too. They are all excited, a lot of work has been done. So it's really good."

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