Formula 1 will race in Saudi Arabia in 2021, the sanctioning body announced Nov. 5.
The country will host a night race in Jeddah, entitled the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, in November 2021.
The race will take place on the city streets on Jeddah’s corniche, which runs along the banks of the Red Sea.
Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia.
“We are excited to welcome Saudi Arabia to Formula 1 for the 2021 season and welcome their announcement following speculation in recent days,” Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said in a release. “Saudi Arabia is a country that is rapidly becoming a hub for sports and entertainment with many major events taking place there in recent years and we are very pleased that Formula 1 will be racing there from next season. The region is hugely important to us and with 70% of the population of Saudi being under 30 we are excited about the potential to reach new fans and bring our existing fans around the world exciting racing from an incredible and historic location.”
“Today is groundbreaking in every sense,” HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, president of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, added. “I firmly believe the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be the biggest sports event hosted in our country’s history and has the potential to change lives, perceptions and reach new audiences and communities like never before. To have the icons of the sport and historic teams race in Saudi in front of young fans and families is truly game-changing.”
The remainder of the 2021 F1 schedule will be released at a later date.