Formula 1 bosses have this morning confirmed that the weekend will go ahead as scheduled despite an air attack on an oil depot near the track.
The incident occurred before FP2 on Friday, when an Aramco depot went up in flames with smoke billowing over the track at one point.
After lengthy meetings between drivers, team principals, and Formula 1 officials, it has been decided that FP3, Qualifying, and the race will go forward.
There was clear tension in the paddock on Friday evening as some drivers contested going ahead with the weekend. Some reports have suggested there was a lot of pressure placed on them from team bosses and so, drivers returned to their garages to hit the track.
In a statement released this morning, the FIA confirmed: “Formula 1 and the FIA can confirm that following discussions with all the teams and drivers, the 2022 FIA Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will continue as scheduled.
“Following the widely reported incident that took place in Jeddah on Friday, there have been extensive discussions between all stakeholders, the Saudi government, authorities, and security agencies who have given full and detailed assurances that the event is secure.
“It has been agreed with all stakeholders to maintain a clear and open dialogue throughout the event and for the future.
FP3 will therefore kick off at 2:00 pm today Irish time followed by Qualifying at 5:00 pm.