The Saudi Motorsport Company CEO Martin Whitaker assumes that F1 will have more races at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
F1 visited the Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the first time last year. However, the track is a temporary home of the Saudi Arabian GP. Originally, F1 was set to race in Jeddah for 3 years before moving to Qiddiya. However, according to Whitaker, the plans will change.
“We’re all waiting now what’s happening with Qiddiya because, as you know, the contract for a grand prix in Saudi Arabia is for 15 years. The majority of those years will see it taking place in Qiddiya,” he said.
“Qiddiya at the moment is effectively in the planning stage, there’s no track there, there’s no buildings there or nothing to speak of anyway. So there’s a lot of work to go now.
“I suspect the original plan was for it to be in Jeddah for three years, I suspect that it will probably be there for probably another two years to allow Qiddiya to properly mature.”
“But at the same time, the circuit is very much part of the community in Jeddah. And obviously, we want to use it as a going concern.
“So we have a lot of events that are interested in coming together. We also have a lot of local events, as you would expect some corporate events, product launches, community events, charity events, et cetera. and we’ve already started to run those.”