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Saudi Arabian races might be moved to another location

Starting grid of the Diriyah E-Prix 2020. Credit: Formula E

The E-Prix in Saudi Arabia could be moved to another location.

According to the country, this would boost domestic tourism more. Until now, the “Riyadh Street Circuit” has always been the venue for the Formula E spectacle. Now, this is set to be changed. Saudi Arabia has already completed two years of the 10-year contract with Formula E. With the new layout, Saudi Arabia wants to draw attention in the remaining 8 years once again and change the location. The program that this is intended to promote is the “Saudi Vision 2030” program.

The idea is to actually show the whole Kingdom with Formula E. The cost of making a city street race track is not even as close to the cost of building a permanent circuit. It is actually feasible and justifiable to move between different locations.”

Carlo Boutagy, the founder of the Diriyah E-Prix

Boutagy also said a final decision on relocating the track would have to be approved by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, because he founded the Saudi Vision 2030 project. Part of this program are the cities of Jeddah and Neom and the capital Riyadh.

“Heading into our third year of incredible racing spectacle and having staged world-class entertainment and concerts while previously racing in Saudi Arabia, we would be open to exploring other locations, following the guidance of the Ministry of Sport and local promoter in the country, ensuring the conditions were right,” said Alberto Long, co-founder of Formula E.

“The location in Diriyah has been made for Formula E and we love it – it’s arguably one of the most challenging and exciting race tracks in the calendar for teams and drivers and keeping that element is important. This season, the Diriyah E-Prix brings another exciting new element and a first for the championship, a Formula E night race,” he concluded.

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