Saudi Arabia GP track is yet to be completed just two months ahead of the
debut F1 race in December: Saudi Arabia is working overtime to prepare for its
Formula One debut, an official said, with the track still under construction ahead of
the race in early December.
A visit to the track this week showed there was still much work to be done, with
buildings under construction and cranes and diggers on site.
Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Faisal, president of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle
Federation, said there was a “huge demand” for tickets, even at a time when travel
remains difficult because of the pandemic.
Tickets are also not cheap, ranging between 2,000 Saudi riyals ($533) and 35,000
Saudi riyals ($9,333).
“We’re expecting a huge turnout, especially from Europe and the United States,” he
“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
The conservative kingdom has frequently been accused of ‘sports washing after it
began hosting a series of high-profile competitions.
Saudi Arabia already hosts the Dakar Rally, the all-electric Formula E series,
in addition to top boxing, golf, and tennis events.
Formula One has come under close scrutiny over the staging of a race in Bahrain, and
the addition of Saudi Arabia is sure to escalate criticism from human rights watchers.
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be the penultimate event of the 22-race calendar
for 2021 which concludes in Abu Dhabi, in Gulf neighbor the United Arab Emirates