The new race held in Saudi Arabia might change its date next season as some speculations state that the 2022 season will start in the Middle East, meaning that the race would be held at the start of the season.
The first Saudi Arabia GP is set to take place at the start of December, and it will be the penultimate round of the season. However, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, the promoter of the GP, admitted that for the upcoming season he would prefer to see the race in the early part of the year.
“For us, as a promoter, we prefer not to be the last races,” he said.
“Teams can do good really in the first races and then the other races have become not so interesting, as a promoter.
“We wanted to have raced in the beginning [of the season] but in the time we had to do the work for the track and prepare the track, we couldn’t race in 2021 at the beginning of the year.
“We decided to race to the end of 2021, or [wait to] have an early race in 2022. Our decision was we wanted the race in 2021.
“So we are now discussing with F1 about what is best for us to have our race in 2022, and hopefully we can get to an agreement.”
Moreover, since the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet, it is not that hard that the Australian GP will not host the first round of the season. Therefore, the season opener would be in Bahrain, and for logistic reasons, it would make sense to directly go to Saudi Arabia for a back-to-back race.
Prince Khalid also expressed his desire for the Saudi Arabia GP to be the third venue to host the Sprint Qualifying format.
“I was there in Silverstone last weekend and I enjoyed it as a spectator and as a promoter,” he explained.
“I think it’s good. You have more races to see, more action on Saturday. We would love to be one of the countries that had the sprint race.
“The decision now is F1’s and we will see. Is it going to be another country, with three countries in Europe, or will the Middle East will be one of them? I would love to see it in Saudi.”