Qiddiya: F1’s future home for a Saudi Arabia Grand Prix? | 2019 F1 season

Saudi Arabia has become the latest country to be tipped to join the Formula 1 calendar.
Last year Saudi Arabia held its first ever Formula E race on a street track in the capital city Riyadh.
But the 2.495 kilometre Ad Diriyah course would have to be extended by over a kilometre in order to meet the FIA’s minimum standard length for F1 circuits (assuming, unlike Monaco’s 3.3km circuit, it was not granted an exemption).
The masterplan describes Qiddiya as the country’s “capital of entertainment, sports and the arts”.
Saudi Arabia’s restrictive policies towards women may present further problems.

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