The F1 chiefs say that the “ambitious project” for the preparation of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit has plenty more tasks to complete.


  • Formula 1 aims to visit Jeddah for the first Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia, but the circuit is not yet ready for its arrival.
  • There has been massive progress, with the tarmac and barriers already lain out over the past months.
  • The F1 sporting director Steve Nielsen and the F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali gave an update on the venue’s condition.

What Nielsen had to say:

  • “It’s an ambitious project, it will be a great facility,” he told
  • “They’re 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 [there is] still a lot to do.”
  • “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.”

What Domenicali had to say:

  • “I think that we are confident with a promoter that he is working day and night, even night and day to arrive there. And I’m confident that they will arrive like this [puts thumb to chin].”
  • “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.”

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