November 2, 2023 09:48
Formula 1 denied rumors suggesting the possible cancellation of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ensuring that the season-ending race will take place without changes. The speculations arose amid growing tensions in the Middle East, especially due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, which raised doubts about the safe holding of the event.
In a recent update, the UK Foreign Office classified the threat of terrorism in the UAE as ‘very likely’. This warning follows the pattern of other European countries and reflects a similar concern to that expressed in recent years regarding the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Despite these concerns, Formula 1 and the parties involved, including teams and team principals, have been informed of the organization’s position and the context behind the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ guidance. Event security is treated extremely seriously, and all necessary measures are being taken to ensure the integrity of the Grand Prix.
The most recent incident to raise questions about holding an F1 event in the Middle East occurred last season, when a missile attack on an oil depot in Saudi Arabia resulted in wide-ranging discussions at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. However, following talks, the race was confirmed and went ahead as planned.
It is worth remembering that the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was canceled due to civil unrest in the country. Formula 1 has a history of closely monitoring geopolitical situations to ensure races only take place when it is safe for everyone involved.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set to be the culmination of an exciting Formula 1 season, and is expected to provide a worthy final spectacle for fans and competitors alike. Teams and drivers can now focus on final preparations for the race, confident that all precautions are being taken to ensure its safe running.
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