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It's F1's 'duty' to continue racing in Saudi Arabia, says CEO Stefano Domenicali

Baku, April 2, AZERTAC

Formula 1 will continue to race in Saudi Arabia despite concerns about safety and human rights in the country, the sport's CEO Stefano Domenicali has said, according to ESPN.

Last weekend's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was nearly boycotted by F1's 20 drivers after a missile attack by Yemeni Houthis hit an oil depot 6 miles from the circuit on the Friday of the race weekend.

A standoff between drivers and F1's bosses over the safety of the event dragged on until the early hours of Saturday morning before the drivers were persuaded to go racing.

"I think that, as we discussed, the country has its own problem to grow, and sport, F1 in general, has the duty to make sure that maximising attention on what is happening, is happening in the right direction," Domenicali told Sports Center at the announcement of a new F1 race in Las Vegas next year.

Formula One has a 15-year contract to race in Saudi Arabia worth a reported $65 million per year as well as a sponsorship deal with state-owned oil company Aramco said to be worth up to $40 million per year.

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