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F1 drivers hold late-night talks over Saudi Arabian GP after terrorist attack

F1 drivers hold late-night talks over Saudi Arabian GP after terrorist attack

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F1 drivers hold late-night talks over Saudi Arabian GP after terrorist attack

F1 drivers hold late-night talks over Saudi Arabian GP after terrorist attack
Sam Hall & Ian Parkes

F1 drivers have continued to debate whether to contest the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix into the early hours of the morning after a terrorist attack on a nearby oil depot on Friday.

Both practice sessions in Saudi Arabia took place with a backdrop of smoke and flames after Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a drone attack on the Aramco depot in Jeddah.

The depot is just 11 kilometres from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit that this weekend hosts F1 for only the second time.

Following a pair of meetings between F1, the FIA and the teams and drivers, the sport's CEO, Stefano Domenicali, confirmed the Jeddah race would continue as planned.

Speaking after exiting the meeting, both Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff confirmed the agreement to press ahead had been "unanimous" among the teams.

However, it has become clear that whilst the teams are all prepared to race, this opinion is not shared by the drivers.

Following the drivers' briefing, the 20 men remained in the meeting room with Domenicali and managing director Ross Brawn visiting.

All 10 team principals joined the meeting for a period with Mattia Binotto returning to the circuit from his hotel.

Follow @GPFansGlobal and editor in chief Ian Parkes [@ianparkesf1] on social media to keep up to date on the latest from the Jeddah paddock.

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