Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc entertain, but shadow hangs over Saudi Arabia GP

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc put on a great show on track at Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but the headlines generated off the track this week will rightly continue to weigh on this event for a long time to come. It was a bizarre F1 race weekend, with the 48 hours leading up to … Read more

Toto Wolff – F1 can make the Middle East a better place

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff feels it’s important that Formula 1 shines a spotlight on problems in the Middle East after security concerns at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix of this weekend almost led F1 drivers to boycott the event. The 20 F1 drivers considered skipping the race in Jeddah this … Read more

Saudi Arabia Sports Minister – We would cancel the race if there was a real threat

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal has said his country would not hesitate to cancel this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix if he felt that there was a real security threat to the event. The 20 Formula 1 drivers nearly boycotted the race in the early hours of Saturday … Read more

F1 drivers want talks on future of Saudi Arabian GP after race

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Formula 1’s leading drivers have made it clear they want to return to the subject of Formula 1’s presence in Saudi Arabia once Sunday’s race in the country is over. On Friday night, all 20 F1 drivers were set to boycott this year’s race after a missile attack on a nearby … Read more

Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto A driver boycott in Saudi Arabia wouldn’t have been fair

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says Formula One drivers would have been wrong to boycott Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and leave the country in response to a missile attack 10 km from the circuit on Friday. On Friday evening, the 20 F1 drivers held a four-hour meeting in which they … Read more

Saudi Arabian F1 GP to continue despite lengthy drivers meeting after oil depot attack

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Formula 1 has confirmed that this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place despite fears among drivers over a missile attack on a nearby oil facility on Friday afternoon. Discussions between drivers, team bosses and F1 executives over event security continued until 2 a.m. on Saturday before team principals emerged … Read more

Saudi Arabian F1 GP to continue despite lengthy drivers meeting after oil depot attack

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Formula 1 has confirmed that this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead as planned despite an attack on a nearby oil facility. An Aramco oil depot 10 kilometers east of Jeddah’s street circuit was ablaze on Friday night, with a large plume of black smoke visible from the track … Read more

Saudi Arabian F1 GP to continue despite attack on nearby Jeddah oil depot

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Formula 1 has confirmed that this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead as planned despite an attack on a nearby oil facility. An Aramco oil depot 10 kilometers east of Jeddah’s street circuit was ablaze on Friday night, with a large plume of black smoke visible from the track … Read more

Max Verstappen annoyed by Lando Norris’ portrayal on Netflix’s F1 show

Reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen has said Lando Norris’ portrayal in Netflix’s latest Drive to Survive series vindicated his own decision not to take part. Verstappen was not involved in filming last season, meaning the series had to rely on TV interviews for the Red Bull driver in a title-winning season. Last year Verstappen explained … Read more

Lewis Hamilton still not comfortable racing at the Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said he still felt uncomfortable racing in Saudi Arabia, days after receiving a letter from the family of a prisoner facing execution. The family of Abdullah al-Howaiti, arrested in 2017 aged 14 and sentenced to death aged 17, have urged Hamilton to speak out ahead of the country’s second F1 … Read more