Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: A race for equal rights

But Hazel is among those who think racing in Saudi might actually come with some positives. In 2018 women in Saudi still couldn’t drive and were not allowed to attend any sporting events. I didn’t realise, but that is over the average age of a Saudi Arabian person living there”. “To hold an FIA (motorsport’s world governing body) sanctioned race, Saudi Arabia had to let women drive,” Hazel says. Hazel says she now has friends in Saudi who will be grateful to see the eyes of the world facing their way. “Every time I go to Saudi, I do I feel vulnerable as a gay person.

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