News about the missile strikes hitting in Jeddah is all over the internet and there have been concerns regarding the ongoing practice sessions, qualifying on Saturday, and the race on Sunday raised by fans all over the world but there has not been any official word out in any of the Formula One platform on social media yet.
The second race of the 2022 season is to be held in Saudi Arabia on the fastest street circuit under the lights at Jeddah but a cloud of smoke was seen from a distance while the practice session underwent on 25th, Friday. Even though the exact cause of the breakout is yet to be confirmed, the Houthi terrorist group has taken claims on the following attacks.
Situation at the Jeddah Cornich Circuit
It should be a major concern of Formula One at the moment as the disruption caused by the smoke at a local airport was only 10kms away from the F1 track located near the seafront. Formula One has tightened security checks along with various other measures at every entrance point along with a meeting held before the start of the second practice session. No decision was made as such and further discussion were set to take place later in the evening.
Chris Medland, a motorsport Formula One journalist tweeted about the incident, talking about the continuation of the event with close monitoring of the situation, while he quoted Formula One, “has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”
Chris’ tweet has been liked and retweeted by thousands of followers with everyone sad and disgusted to see the practice session resuming while many quoted one of Lewis Hamilton’s famous lines, “Cash is King”.
The missile strike which struck one of the oil refineries belonged to Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil producers who also happen to be a major sponsor of Formula One last week one of their refineries were struck by a missile causing significant fire just six miles away from the Jeddah Cornich Circuit.