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FIA "confident" Jeddah circuit will be ready for Grand Prix

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09/11/2021

Amidst growing speculation over the state of readiness of Saudi Arabia's Jeddah circuit, the FIA's race director, Michael Masi is confident the facility will be finished in time for next month's race.

Earlier today, we were informed that DJ Snake has been added to the Friday Night headlining show at the inaugural Grand Prix in Jeddah next month.

"DJ Snake is the latest amazing addition to the incredible weekend entertainment schedule at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit," proclaimed the press release. "It follows the confirmation that global music icons & multi-million selling superstars Justin Bieber, A$AP Rocky & David Guetta will close out the inaugural race in Jeddah on Sunday 5th December a day after multi-award-winning singer, songwriter & dancer, Jason Derulo and iconic DJ, TiŽsto will headline the post-qualifying concert on Saturday 4th December."

This is all very well, of course, but while the concerts are shaping up nicely, there remains concern over the main event, the racing, with increasing speculation that the actual circuit might not be fully ready in time.

Keen to allay fears that the Jeddah circuit will not be fully ready to host the penultimate round of the championship, a race that could prove to be the championship decider, the FIA's race director, Michael Masi has spoken out.

"The FIA and F1 are getting daily updates of where things are at and it's progressing very, very quickly," he insists.

"I think everyone will acknowledge there's a lot to do," he admits, "but still confident of the race going ahead, no problems."

The Australian confirmed that he recently visited the circuit and based on his experience of previous events in South Korea and India - ironically, neither of which remain part of the schedule - he is fully confident all is going to plan.

"Both of those went off, no problems at all, and I'm quite confident that Saudi will be exactly the same," he told reporters. "They will finish, I have confidence."

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1. Posted by kenji, 10/11/2021 4:22

"It appears that a few people would like to see this event go belly up! Why on earth would anyone desire such an outcome? It's a new track, it looks good, it looks fast and hopefully we'll see some good racing. I like to look at the positives...it's another GP and that can't be bad if you're a 'dinky di' / 'ridgy didge' F1 fan."

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2. Posted by Roli, 09/11/2021 20:36

"I just hope the airconditioning breaks down in the control room! WLTS Masi sweating....."

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3. Posted by jcr, 09/11/2021 19:23

"In days gone by, a circuit had to qualify for a Super License, to run a GP.
This involved running an International standard race, Sports Cars, F2,
Or Whatever to, approve the safety standards of the circuit,
And I assume The Qualifications of the people involved ???
Obviously now Money is the major criteria
Come back Bernie."

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4. Posted by Greg, 09/11/2021 15:45

"@Superbird70.. in more ways than one"

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5. Posted by Superbird70, 09/11/2021 15:24

"Better be, or heads will roll."

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