Regardless of the F1 season beginning with back-to-back races within the Center East, Saudi Motorsport Firm CEO Martin Whitaker isn’t in any respect frightened concerning the market turning into saturated.
This season there’ll be 4 races within the Center East with the season starting in Bahrain earlier than transferring onto Saudi Arabia.
Later within the yr the game will race in Qatar for the second time, with the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi as soon as once more internet hosting the season finale.
However regardless of taking part in host to 4 races, Whitaker isn’t frightened the Saudi Arabia race will lose spectators to rival occasions.
As an alternative he believes they’re “stronger collectively”, every evet deliver extra consideration to Components 1 within the Center East.
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Whitaker stated as per GPFans: “You solely have to have a look at both vehicle franchises or world shopper manufacturers they usually all are likely to congregate in the identical space on the excessive avenue.
“Sure, there may be competitors between them, however they’re stronger collectively than they might be in the event that they have been all disparate.
“The analogy with F1 races is similar. Saudi Arabia is a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and it’s helpful for all of us within the area to have Components 1 races because it will increase consciousness and helps develop the game.
“Truly, whereas it might sound shut — the gap between Bahrain and Jeddah is about 1,500km additional than the gap between Silverstone and Budapest [2,000km] — and there are plenty of races which might be held between these two European venues.
“So the placement of the races within the Center East will not be as shut as you suppose.”
However what about America?
Though the Center East has 4 races, all of them happen in numerous international locations. This yr for the primary time America could have three races inside its borders.
The Miami Grand Prix takes place in Could, the drivers racing across the Exhausting Rock Stadium whereas in October the game heads to Austin to race on a purpose-built monitor, the Circuit of the Americas.
The ultimate American occasion, the model new Las Vegas Grand Prix, presents one other various for American followers with the Components 1 drivers taking to the streets of Sin Metropolis in a Saturday evening occasion which is able to embrace a 1.9km-long run down the Las Vegas Strip. That race shall be held lower than a month after the COTA race.
Components 1’s American bosses, Liberty Media, are satisfied there’s a marketplace for three races however, whereas the primary yr of Las Vegas will do properly, solely time will inform if it’s sustainable.
The one factor that’s stepping into America’s favour is that every one three occasions happen on completely different layouts.