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#1 Marklar

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:05

The dark clouds are visible on the coverage

A few minutes ago, the Houthis attacked Jeddah and hit Aramco’s petroleum facilities in Jeddah, west Saudi Arabia, a loud explosion was heard and a fire broke out.
https://twitter.com/...369303020118016

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#2 statman

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:06

[Claire Cottingham] To be clear, this could be ANYTHING and have a perfectly simple explanation, but just noticed some black smoke billowing across the circuit here.

 

 

Houthi's hit a Aramco facility in Jeddah a short while ago



#3 Beri

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:07

The dark clouds are visible on the coverage

A few minutes ago, the Houthis attacked Jeddah and hit Aramco’s petroleum facilities in Jeddah, west Saudi Arabia, a loud explosion was heard and a fire broke out.
https://twitter.com/...369303020118016

 

 

I wonder what it will do for F1 if there are more attacks around Jeddah.



#4 Astandahl

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:07

The dark clouds are visible on the coverage

A few minutes ago, the Houthis attacked Jeddah and hit Aramco’s petroleum facilities in Jeddah, west Saudi Arabia, a loud explosion was heard and a fire broke out.
https://twitter.com/...369303020118016

 

Domenicali is a colossal clown. Why the **** F1 is racing there? (I know it's money but there should be a limit)



#5 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:09

Ooo that’s very worrying indeed.

#6 Muppetmad

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:09

You have to think F1 would be a target, right? Really concerning stuff.


Edited by Muppetmad, 25 March 2022 - 15:09.


#7 SilverArrow31

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:09

I hate that both my OSINT community and my F1 community are talking about the same thing..... those things are supposed to be worlds apart damn it...

 

 

No planes are being allowed to land around the immediate area, they are all in a holding pattern


Edited by SilverArrow31, 25 March 2022 - 15:11.


#8 MensRea

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:10

You have to think F1 would be a target, right? Really concerning stuff.


Extremely high profile target.
Concerning indeed.

#9 northanmonkee2

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:10

Domenicali is a colossal clown. Why the **** F1 is racing there? (I know it's money but there should be a limit)

think it has more to do with liberty media  than domenicali , he s  just the mouthpiece not the decision maker 



#10 Beri

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:11

Domenicali is a colossal clown. Why the **** F1 is racing there? (I know it's money but there should be a limit)

 

It wasnt Dominicali's decision, as he was employed from 2021 onwards and the Qiddiya plans were announced in 2019 and the Jeddah circuit in 2020. But upon the rest I do agree.



#11 FullOppositeLock

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:12

Oh dear, that's not good



#12 Arundo

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:12

Max mentioned some funny smell in his car or from some other car during FP1, probably smelled that fire resulting from the attack. 



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:13

How is the event still happening when Saudi's are constantly bombing innocent civilians every week, it's a country who are committed to war and human crimes on a weekly basis, but money talks, it is the same as having a race in Russia this year.

 

But I guess we just have to enjoy the race and ignore the political side, and focus on the racing?



#14 Beri

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:14

The dark clouds are visible on the coverage

A few minutes ago, the Houthis attacked Jeddah and hit Aramco’s petroleum facilities in Jeddah, west Saudi Arabia, a loud explosion was heard and a fire broke out.
https://twitter.com/...369303020118016

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@Mods: Perhaps a split topic for this one? Seems like something that can evolve over the coming hours and have its influence on F1?



#15 ARTGP

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:14

Max mentioned some funny smell in his car or from some other car during FP1, probably smelled that fire resulting from the attack. 

 

I do remember that....he was told "It's not the car"  :smoking:



#16 Beri

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:16

I do remember that....he was told "It's not the car"  :smoking:

 

Well that was an understatement  :lol:



#17 Scaboo22

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:18

JFC why are we racing in this place...



#18 Roadrunner27

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:24

How is the event still happening when Saudi's are constantly bombing innocent civilians every week, it's a country who are committed to war and human crimes on a weekly basis, but money talks, it is the same as having a race in Russia this year.

But I guess we just have to enjoy the race and ignore the political side, and focus on the racing?


Its fine because Lewis wore a rainbow helmet that should fix it, I mean thats what the “wE RaZe aS OnE” intended to do yet still race in Saudi and other middle eastern countries.

#19 MensRea

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:28

JFC why are we racing in this place...


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#20 ARTGP

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:31

I think we should forget about politics for a moment. Of course SA is not the only country doing dubious things in our world. US, Europe, Russia, everyone has done dubious things.

 

Instead, I think we should just look at it from the perspective of Safety. If Missiles are currently landing in Jeddah, should F1 be here tomorrow?  Eh.....there's only one answer to that I'm afraid, and it's not the one F1 fans will like to hear.....


Edited by ARTGP, 25 March 2022 - 15:33.


#21 Ruusperi

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:31

They could race in Ukraine. No difference. :stoned: 



#22 Garagista

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:33

But I thought we would have to stop completely, because we cannot criticize a regime like the Saudi as "Europe and America are not perfect as well"....

 

Whataboutism causes this, we have had a missile hitting close by to a track, but "you cant say a thing because you are not perfect"....Bloody "Blood money"



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:33

I wonder what it will do for F1 if there are more attacks around Jeddah.

 

More? That's the 2nd one this week!



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:35

A random thought: was air traffic disrupted by the explosion? If so, would this have an impact on the ability of the medical helicopter to take off?



#25 Risil

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:36

Did a missile land in the vicinity of the Saudi Formula E race one year? Or was that intercepted by the defence system?



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:37

Did a missile land in the vicinity of the Saudi Formula E race one year? Or was that intercepted by the defence system?

It was intercepted, I recall.



#27 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:37

Can see this getting called off you know.

#28 ARTGP

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:38

Can see this getting called off you know.

 

Mercedes would love that lol. 


Edited by ARTGP, 25 March 2022 - 15:39.


#29 restless

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:38

But I thought we would have to stop completely, because we cannot criticize a regime like the Saudi as "Europe and America are not perfect as well"....

 

Whataboutism causes this, we have had a missile hitting close by to a track, but "you cant say a thing because you are not perfect"....Bloody "Blood money"

 ... double standarts nothing new.



#30 Astandahl

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:39

What a disaster.



#31 Scaboo22

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:39

It should get called off. No idea how long planes will be grounded though

#32 BCNF1

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:40

I think we should forget about politics for a moment. Of course SA is not the only country doing dubious things in our world. US, Europe, Russia, everyone has done dubious things.

 

Instead, I think we should just look at it from the perspective of Safety. If Missiles are currently landing in Jeddah, should F1 be here tomorrow?  Eh.....there's only one answer to that I'm afraid, and it's not the one F1 fans will like to hear.....

 

You just contradicted your first statement as they both relate.

 

Of course we can't forget about what Saudi are doing on a weekly bases while F1 just puts a race on while they are at war, the Saudi's have been doing far more than Russia has for years.



#33 Hellenic tifosi

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:40

There are two different issues here, as ARTGP stated above:

--> Whether F1 should race in places like SA

--> The safety aspect, as SA is under attack.

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:43

Mercedes would love that lol. 

 

I was just thinking that! I can predict Toto being very vocal about cancelling it very soon haha. 



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:43

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#36 ARTGP

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:44

Imagine being a family member to an F1 staff member who traveled to Jeddah and you are watching the missile strikes on the news.  :(


Edited by ARTGP, 25 March 2022 - 15:44.


#37 RA2

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:44

Must be the first race where anti missile batteries are deployed. May liberty could get a Aegis ship off the coast

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:45

What's truly astonishing is how predictable this was, something similar happened not one week ago. But ARAMCO gotta ARAMCO. 



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:46

Mercedes would love that lol. 

 

No Edu, no no. We can so not race here. This is not right



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#40 Ev0d3vil

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:47

But the race is at night, hopefully everything will be fine.



#41 ARTGP

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:47

From March 20th as well:

 

https://www.reuters....dah-2022-03-20/

 

 

 

March 20 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Sunday it had intercepted and destroyed a "hostile air target" which was aimed towards the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi state media reported.


#42 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:47

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That isn't.... insignificant, is it?



#43 SophieB

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:48

@ChrisMedlandF1

F1 is awaiting further information from the authorities regarding what has happened at the Aramco facility nearby. The fire is about 10km from circuit #F1 #SaudiArabianGP



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:48

Looking at Google Maps, if its the Aramco depot I'm thinking of, that's only 11-12km from the circuit. 

 

Edit: Ah confirmed in the post above, thanks!


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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:49

The fact that Saudi Arabia is fighting a war against its neighbours in Yemen isn't new, and neither is the fact that the Houthis in Yemen can launch drones and missiles at sites in Saudi Araba. This event was foreseeable, as, I assume, is the possibility that F1 could be caught in the literal crossfire. But I think it's on F1's promoters really, no one has forced them to come to Jeddah.

 

As it is though, tricky for F1's leaders. Speedy but well-informed decision-making is needed.



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:49

A random thought: was air traffic disrupted by the explosion? If so, would this have an impact on the ability of the medical helicopter to take off?

planes are currently not allowed to start or land



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:50

Domenicali is a colossal clown. Why the **** F1 is racing there? (I know it's money but there should be a limit)

Hope he **** his pants and realizes his butt is on line too and should drop this stupid venue.

Edited by ingegnere, 25 March 2022 - 15:53.


#48 Radion

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:50

Saudi Arabia isn't invading anyone. So all is fine.



#49 BobbyRicky

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:52

The fact that Saudi Arabia is fighting a war against its neighbours in Yemen isn't new, and neither is the fact that the Houthis in Yemen can launch drones and missiles at sites in Saudi Araba. This event was foreseeable, as, I assume, is the possibility that F1 could be caught in the literal crossfire. But I think it's on F1's promoters really, no one has forced them to come to Jeddah.

 

The Houthis are lobbing these shots into Jeddah now to embarrass the Saudis as revenge for the latter executing some 80 Houthi-fighters a week or so ago.

They arent going to hit the F1-track or anything directly related to that since doing so might trigger some sort of international response to a regional conflict.

 

Not that F1 should be in SA in the first place, but it is what it is for now.



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Posted 25 March 2022 - 15:53

The Houthis are lobbing these shots into Jeddah now to embarrass the Saudis as revenge for the latter executing some 80 Houthi-fighters a week or so ago.

They arent going to hit the F1-track or anything directly related to that since doing so might trigger some sort of international response to a regional conflict.

 

 

These speculative assurances of safe passage for F1 are comforting  /s


Edited by ARTGP, 25 March 2022 - 15:53.