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Jeddah organisers in race against time

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17/11/2021

Organisers of the forthcoming Saudi Arabia Grand Prix are in a race against time to have the circuit completed in time for the race which is due to take place in two weeks.

Last week, race director, Michael Masi said he was confident the facility would be ready in time.

"The FIA and F1 are getting daily updates of where things are at and it's progressing very, very quickly," he said over the Mexico Grand Prix weekend. "Everyone will acknowledge there's a lot to do, but still confident of the race going ahead, no problems.

"They will finish, I have confidence," he added, bringing back memories of a certain Neville Chamberlain.

However, F1 sporting director, Steve Nielsen admits that organisers are in a race against time.

"It's an ambitious project, it will be a great facility," he told Autosport. "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," he added. "But still a lot to do. 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," he insisted, "I'm confident of that."

"I'm confident that it will be ready," said Masi at the weekend. "It was always going to be very close. There's no doubt about that.

"Everything that I've seen, the progress day-on-day and week-on-week has been amazing since I was there last."

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1. Posted by The stogie, 18/11/2021 23:04

"Gee, if only there was a race track ready to put on a race right now!! What's that you say, there are? D'oh!"

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2. Posted by ian_w, 17/11/2021 12:32

"@Greg, I suppose they can get away with it as technically, this is a "street circuit". Also, money talks. Plus, if you are in the midst of a pandemic and committed to putting on a 23.race calendar when some cities have been dropped/withdrawn, well, I guess you can cut some corners. Seems Jeddah will have plenty of them."

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3. Posted by ian_w, 17/11/2021 11:46

"I guess the one thing we can be reasonably certain of is there is not likely to be any rain over the last 3 races of the season to spice things up!"

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4. Posted by Greg, 17/11/2021 11:22

"I thought a new track had to be proven it met standards and was compliant. Here seems money talks first and foremost"

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