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Author Topic: Saudi Arabia Race  (Read 1139 times)

Offline Robem64

Saudi Arabia Race
« on: January 17, 2020, 02:43:21 PM »


"I'm not a pessimist, I'm an optimist with experience"

Offline Jericoke

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2020, 03:09:21 PM »
Honestly, I've been surprised to see 'petro state' races without one popping up in Saudi Arabia.  Saudis have been involved in the sport in ownership roles, the country has a cosmopolitan population, and has a strong 'car culture'.

I can't say I support Saudi Arabia as a regime, but wouldn't be the worst place the F1 circus goes.  I know the FIA tries to stay apolitical, but I'd support a 10 race season if they wanted to keep things 'ethical'.

Offline Robem64

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2020, 04:26:50 PM »
I'd be hopeful that the track would be a good one as it appears it's actually had an ex-F1 driver consulted on it!
"I'm not a pessimist, I'm an optimist with experience"

Offline Jericoke

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2020, 08:13:00 PM »
I'd be hopeful that the track would be a good one as it appears it's actually had an ex-F1 driver consulted on it!

If memory serves, Michael Schumacher consulted on the design of Malaysia.  I thought that was unfair, since he was an active driver at the time!

Offline Andy B

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2020, 08:45:43 PM »
I'd be hopeful that the track would be a good one as it appears it's actually had an ex-F1 driver consulted on it!

Its Alexander Wurz who besides being an ex F1 driver (Benetton, McLaren and Williams driver plus two-time Le Mans winner) is the current GP drivers association chairman so you would like to think he has some idea what he's talking about.
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Offline John S

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2020, 08:48:57 PM »
Think teams will all be pleased whatever the track is like if the rumoured $50m+ race fee works out.
With race fees dropping at the historic European races Liberty needs another top payday to take up the slack.  :(

On the subject of acceptable/unacceptable regimes how come China is seldom cited for it's deficient human rights record and weird trade practices yet oil states get a right slagging.  :crazy:

I'm surprised it's taken this long for Saudis to want an F1 track/race.
 
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Offline Dare

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2020, 12:04:44 AM »
Seems to me Australia and Canada should both
have a extra race.
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democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are
willing to work and give to those who would not."
--
Thomas
Jefferson

Offline Robem64

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2020, 08:07:49 AM »
On the subject of acceptable/unacceptable regimes how come China is seldom cited for it's deficient human rights record and weird trade practices yet oil states get a right slagging.  :crazy:

Good point :good:
"I'm not a pessimist, I'm an optimist with experience"

Offline Alianora La Canta

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2020, 10:45:50 AM »
At a guess, I think that Saudi Arabia paid the FIA a lot of money for the Formula E race and associated press coverage, because the media thought Saudi Arabia would find the human rights conditions unacceptable. Yes, Formula E is why women in Saudi Arabia are now allowed to drive, and why women's authority to travel can now be checked via an app (meaning restrictions can be lifted in a couple of minutes if unintentionally/incorrectly applied, instead of the previous hours/days-long procedure).

The authorities probably want to do the same thing again with F1.
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Offline Jericoke

Re: Saudi Arabia Race
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2020, 03:09:42 PM »
At a guess, I think that Saudi Arabia paid the FIA a lot of money for the Formula E race and associated press coverage, because the media thought Saudi Arabia would find the human rights conditions unacceptable. Yes, Formula E is why women in Saudi Arabia are now allowed to drive, and why women's authority to travel can now be checked via an app (meaning restrictions can be lifted in a couple of minutes if unintentionally/incorrectly applied, instead of the previous hours/days-long procedure).

The authorities probably want to do the same thing again with F1.

Count me presently surprised with the FIA meeting their mandate of making automobile operation safer and more accessible, and using motorsport to do so!

If having an F1 race in Saudi Arabia is leading to actual policy changes, I withdraw my sentiments about the regime, vis a vie F1 (I still wouldn't go there, but I'll support progress)

 


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