Bottas reveals promise F1 made to drivers after Jeddah talks

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Following a missile assault on an oil storage facility near the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Friday, Valtteri Bottas says F1 have moved to reassure drivers that they’ll rethink Grand Prix locations if private security can’t be assured.

					Bottas reveals promise F1 made to drivers after Jeddah talks


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Valtteri Bottas says F1 instructed drivers that they’ll rethink the place races are staged if they can not 100 per cent assure the protection of everybody concerned.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend was marred by a missile assault on Friday at an oil depot situated some 20km from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Following the incident, all 10 Staff Principals engaged in prolonged talks between the Saudi authorities, Formulation 1, the FIA and their very own drivers on Friday night.

After reassurances that it was protected to proceed the occasion, the groups voted unanimously to proceed – however the drivers proved tougher to persuade, with disaster talks between them stretching lengthy into the evening.

“It is positively [been] a difficult weekend,” Bottas instructed media together with

“Clearly, [the drivers’ meeting went on] fairly late, and in some locations, you need not have that dialogue.

“F1 promised to rethink all of the occasions for the long run, together with this one, to guarantee that we go to the suitable locations the place they’ll assure our security 100 per cent, all the time, after we go there.”

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Bottas hails unity between F1 drivers

When requested whether or not he had needed to race at Jeddah, or can be prepared to race there in future years, Bottas declined to reply, although the Alfa Romeo driver did speak up the present sense of unity and togetherness that had developed between the 20 drivers.

“I really feel just like the [Grand Prix Drivers’ Association] is absolutely united for the time being, and it felt like everybody was feeling the identical,” Bottas defined.

“With any points, we’ll all the time regroup and undergo them and provides our view, if it makes a distinction. That is good. Nevertheless it’s not all the time assured it would.”

The GPDA is the commerce union for F1 drivers with elected representatives.

Former Benetton, Williams and McLaren driver Alexander Wurz has served as Chairman since 2014, with present drivers Sebastian Vettel and George Russell among the many group’s Administrators.

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