F1 Saudi Arabian GP to go ahead as planned despite attack

Formula 1 will proceed with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as planned after a missile attack was launched on an oil facility near the Jeddah Circuit on Friday. 
Circuit atmosphere - fire following a missile strike on an Aramco oil facility.
Circuit atmosphere - fire following a missile strike on an Aramco oil…
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According to a report by the Associated Press, Yemen’s Houthi rebel group have claimed responsibility for an attack on an Aramco oil plant, which is located around 12 miles from the F1 circuit. 

Plumes of smoke were seen billowing in the distance from the F1 circuit as opening practice neared its end, with Max Verstappen reporting to his Red Bull team that he could smell smoke. 

The second practice session was then delayed by 15 minutes after F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali called team bosses and drivers to an emergency meeting before the start of FP2. In a second meeting held after P2 that ran into the night, Domenicali informed those present that F1 will go ahead with the Saudi Arabian GP. 

“F1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today,” an F1 spokesperson said in a statement. 

“The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation."

A statement from the Saudi Motorsport Group read: “We are aware of the attack on the Aramco distribution station in Jeddah earlier this afternoon and remain in direct contract with the Saudi security authorities, as well as F1 and the FIA to ensure all necessary security and safety measures continue to be implemented to guarantee the safety of all visitors to the F1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as well as all drivers, teams and stakeholders. 

“The race weekend schedule will continue as planned. The safety and security of all our guests continue to be our main priority and we look forward to welcoming fans for a weekend of premium racing and entertainment.”

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