‘Questions need to be asked’ over driver safety in Saudi

‘Questions need to be asked’ over driver safety in Saudi

After considerations across the Saudi Arabian GP going forward following a missile strike at a close-by oil plant, Sky Sports activities analyst Karun Chandhok believes the game must ask itself questions on the way forward for the race.

The previous System 1 driver added that these discussions must happen with the good thing about time to quiet down, after hours of conferences came about between drivers and senior figures within the sport on Friday evening amid considerations about their security.

The strikes got here as a part of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing battle with Yemen, and the assault simply 9 miles from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit prompted comprehensible considerations from inside the sport about how protected it could be to go racing on the weekend.

A press release was finally launched confirming that the race weekend would proceed, with reassurances having been given to these inside the paddock in regards to the security of the Grand Prix as an entire, however questions stay about the way forward for Saudi Arabia’s place on the calendar because of the battle within the nation.

A number of drivers have since spoken out in regards to the scenario, with Grand Prix Drivers’ Affiliation director George Russell wanting to search out “readability” on the incident, and what subsequent steps can be taken ought to an identical second occur sooner or later.

With the warfare between Russia and Ukraine prompting Sochi’s elimination from the calendar, Chandhok believes senior figures within the sport want to return to a consensus about what to do subsequent – whereas away from being within the warmth of the second.

“I feel that is one thing for the weeks and months to return,” he stated on Sky Sports activities Information. “The FIA and System 1 must have these conversations with themselves, with the promoters in Saudi Arabia and ask themselves these questions.

“As a result of questions must be requested, in the identical approach that they cancelled the Russian Grand Prix this yr – which was the proper choice, after all.

“In the identical approach, they should decide about whether or not it’s proper or mistaken for us to go to any of the 22 venues, however that may’t be revamped a 48-hour interval.

“This must be a calmly thought-about dialog, not in an emotionally-charged occasion setting the place you’re seeing this stuff unfold and there’s a robust diploma of nervousness throughout the paddock.”

With that, he feels assured that the game will come to an answer finally and transfer ahead.


“There must be a great debrief and a research finished into what precisely unfolded over the course of the weekend. Every part was altering so shortly, I feel it could have been arduous [to do so],” stated Chandhok.

“However I’m certain Stefano Domenicali [F1 CEO] and Mohammed Ben Sulayem from the FIA will try to perceive precisely how issues may be handled sooner or later, by way of simply ensuring everybody feels protected.

“Let’s be sincere, the world doesn’t really feel normally like a very protected place for the time being. There’s rather a lot happening, and the game does must have some mechanisms in place, I feel, to maintain everybody protected and to make everybody really feel protected.”




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