Saudi Arabia will once again make history, by welcoming one of the biggest sporting events in the world to the Kingdom next year. In November 2021, Jeddah will see many of the world’s best racing drivers come to the city for the first-ever Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Renowned names in professional motorsports, including constructors and drivers like world-number-one Lewis Hamilton, will compete in the race through the streets of the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been confirmed as the first year of what will be a long-term partnership between the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) and Formula One, as part of the plans to strengthen the ever-growing Saudi international sports calendar in line with KSA’s Vision 2030 program.
The race will begin and end on the corniche, the coastal resort area which runs alongside the Red Sea featuring the stunning picturesque backdrop for the weekend that is sure to be full of culture and entertainment.
“Saudi Arabia is accelerating forward and the speed, energy, excitement of Formula One perfectly reflects the transformational journey the country is on. As we’ve witnessed in recent years our people want to be at the very heart of the biggest moments in live sport and entertainment. And they don’t come any bigger than Formula 1,” said His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, the Minister of Sport. “No matter where in the world it’s held, Formula 1 is an event that brings people together to celebrate an occasion that goes far beyond sport. We look forward to sharing this unique experience and sharing Jeddah with the world. For many Saudi’s this will be a dream come true,” he added.
There is no doubt the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will attract both local and regional attention, with motorsports being one of the most celebrated sports across the world. The racing sport is currently the second most popular sport in KSA, sitting just behind football.
His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation has also stated how the Grand Prix will be “the biggest sports event hosted” in the Kingdom’s history and shared his hopes for the event to change lives and communities. “We have a rich motorsport heritage but in a short space of time as a federation, we’ve earned a strong reputation of delivering world-class international events such as Formula E and the Dakar Rally. As a result, Saudi Arabia is home to literally millions of passionate young fans of motorsport. Many of whom will already be smiling and counting down to seeing their heroes in November 2021. Our plans will see us take the sport to even more people with a celebration that reaches all communities and is open to all,” he said.
The long-term partnership between SAMF and Formula One is reported to last 10 years, with a new purpose-built Formula One track due to be completed in entertainment mega-project Qiddiya by 2023.
Formula One has also announced their excitement at bringing the prestigious Grand Prix to KSA, as chairman and CEO Chase Carey said: “We are excited to welcome Saudi Arabia to Formula 1 for the 2021 season and welcome their announcement following speculation in recent days. Saudi Arabia is a country that is rapidly becoming a hub for sports and entertainment with many major events taking place there in recent years and we are very pleased that Formula 1 will be racing there from next season.”