According to the event promoter, the opening race for the Formula E season in Saudi Arabia was not at risk of being canceled due to the COVID pandemic.
The doubleheader round at the Dilliya Street Circuit will take place from February 26th to 27th, and the third run of the event will be the first night race in championship history.
However, as of last week, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has suspended all arrivals from the list of 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
It was introduced in response to the rapid spread of new strains of COVID-19 detected in the United Kingdom at the end of last year.
Positive cases in Saudi Arabia are currently rising by over 300 per day, hitting a low of 82 by January 3, 2021.
Most FE teams and championship staff based in 20 countries are specially exempt from admission to the Kingdom for personnel traveling to the event.
Carlo Boutagy, founder of the Diriyah E-Prix race promoter CBX, told Autosport that he had no doubts about the event despite the tightened restrictions.
He states: “Race will always take place on February 26th and 27th from the beginning of the calendar.
“We are not thinking or talking about postponing or canceling this race.
“Now it’s not our idea. The race will happen, I can guarantee it to you.”
Concessions are most prominent in terms of fan attendance, with capacity limited to 4 to 5000 civilians.
Boutagy added that the FE set example paved the way for Saudi Arabia to remain on the calendar by hosting six races in Berlin last season, in addition to the pre-season test at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. I did.
“We are working closely with local governments, the Kingdom, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Sports to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken,” he added.
“Formula E is very lucky to have already run two events in Valencia with a 100% success rate in the test and six races in Berlin.
“We are taking all the knowledge and learning from these two events in Europe and bringing them to the kingdom.
“The kingdom has done a great job of keeping incidents very low over the past year.
“Why we lost the grandstand, why 20 countries unable to enter the kingdom were added to the list, our exemption is still valid for these [terms]..
“Our goal is to create an event with our fans, but the health and well-being of our workers and staff is a priority for all of us, the Government and Formula E.
“We are happy to do that. We are working together with FE measures and international learning. We look forward to hosting this event.”
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