Saudi Arabia eyes second Formula 1 venue

The Arabian kingdom held its first night grand prix on the streets of Jeddah last year, with sports minister and former racing driver Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal admitting he “wouldn’t say no” to a second venue. He said Saudi Arabia “definitely” has the capacity for two Formula 1 races each year. “We need to discuss it with Formula 1 to see how it goes,” the minister added. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, however, says the sport’s annual calendar will hit its maximum capacity of 24 grands prix next year. “I don’t want to discuss a further increase in the number of races,” he is quoted by motorsport-magazin.com. One option for Saudi Arabia might therefore be alternating between its two F1 venues each year.

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