A Formula 1 says that the 2023 Abu Dhabi GP There is no great risk of being cancelled, amid speculation linking the race to the war between Israel and Gaza.
Rumors suggest that the season finale, which takes place from November 24th to 26th, was at risk of being canceled following an update from the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
On October 29, the FCO updated the terrorism alert level for the UAE, warning that “indiscriminate” attacks are “very likely”, including in locations “visited by foreigners”.
The FCO notes: “Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These statements include references to attacks on Western interests, including residential complexes, military, oil, transport and aviation interests, as well as busy locations, including restaurants, hotels, beaches, shopping centers and mosques”.
“You must maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places and public events. There is a high threat of terrorist attacks around the world affecting British interests and citizens, including from groups and individuals who consider the United Kingdom and British citizens as targets. You must remain vigilant at all times.”
This update was mistakenly mistaken for a response to the war between Israel and Gaza.
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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, at the start
The increased alert level puts the UAE in the same terror status as other nations that have recently hosted F1: Germany, France, Belgium and Bahrain.
F1 then stated that the Abu Dhabi GP is not at risk of being cancelled. O Motorsport.com understands that the situation has been clarified with the teams and team directors.
The 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ended up being held amid resistance from some drivers following a missile attack on a nearby Aramco oil facility during the first practice session.
Drivers met for more than four hours, with talks extending into the early hours of Saturday morning in Jeddah, as they considered boycotting the race before having their safety concerns resolved.
F1 also removed Russia from the 2022 calendar following the invasion of Ukraine, while the 2011 Bahrain GP was canceled due to anti-government protests related to the Arab Spring.
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