In the round-up: The promoter of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix says the Jeddah Corniche Circuit is nearing completion.
Jeddah circuit will be “built in record time”
Following reports which claimed the new street track being built in Jeddah faced a race against time to be ready for its first grand prix next month the CEO of the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Martin Whitaker, told RaceFans work at the venue was proceeding well.
“The rate of progress on the development of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit as we enter the crucial final period of the track build is very good,” said Whitaker. “With almost all of the base course Tarmac laid by early September [the photograph above shows building work during August], we are now in the assembly stage of the circuit’s permanent and semi-permanent structures, including the stunning 280-metre long pit and team buildings alongside other buildings including the fan zones and grandstands.
“Completing such an undertaking in under nine months is a massive task but with just over two months to go, we are nearing the finish line on completion of the world’s longest, fastest and newest street circuit, built in record time.”
The promoter yesterday announced Saudi Telecom Company as the race’s official title sponsor.
Palou partnership reminds Dixon of Franchitti years
Six-times IndyCar champion Scott Dixon says working with his newly-crowned champion team mate Alex Palou reminds him of his days alongside multiple champion Dario Franchitti.
“It’s great for the team,” said Dixon after Palou’s triumph on Sunday. “Obviously it has raised the bar, but I think it’s raised the bar for all of us this year to keep pushing.
“It definitely feels like kind of the 2009 through sort of ’12-13 period with Dario, which is great. Obviously it was really only two cars at that point.”
“I’m excited for team morale,” Dixon added. “That’s the big thing. Obviously when you get beat, when it’s not just the drivers but the crews as well, it pushes everybody a lot harder. Hopefully we can come out of the gate very strong.”
Alpine won’t block Zhou from joining Alfa Romeo
“We are evaluating options for our academy drivers but the success of an academy is also measured through its output,” said Budkowski. “We are running this academy because we want to generate Formula 1 drivers, Formula 1 drivers for Alpine, and the academy as such is only successful if it does generate Formula 1 drivers, so we can’t stand in the way of our drivers who are mature for F1 and ready to take that challenge because that would be, obviously, negative for their careers and for them as individuals and also it would reflect badly on our academy.
“So these are the parameters we need to take into account when assessing our plans for next year.”
The team is yet to confirm its plans for Zhou and fellow Alpine junior Oscar Piastri, who is leading the Formula 2 standings. “We’ll announce this in due course,” said Budkowski.
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