With 15 minutes delay on Friday, the first cars rolled back on the course at the Red Sea. Previously, at the end of the first training, an explosion and a huge cloud of smoke had triggered new worries in the paddock in a few kilometers. Yemeni huthi rebels had once again taken an investment of the oil company ARAMCO in their own information with another rocket attack.
The Formula 1 top initially wanted to wait for more information of the authorities. Before the second training start, a meeting with all drivers and team bosses was convened. Later it should be “by official site a statement, how the security can be guaranteed,” said Red-Bull MotorsportChef Helmut Marko the TV channel Sky. Should the security be guaranteed for the further course of the Grand Prix weekend, “we should drive,” the Austrian added.
Saudi state television also confirmed a “enemy surgery” of Huthi rebels near Jeddah. Only last Sunday the rebels had started attacks against Saudi Arabia with a rocket and dr1. A complex of Aramco in Jedda had also been hit, on an oil tank broke out fire.
Saudi Arabia fights in Yemen against the Hutthi rebels. The war has triggered one of the biggest current humanitarian catastrophes. Aramco is the main sponsor of Formula 1 and also important donors of the British Rennstall’s Aston Martin, for the Sebastian Vettel drives.