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Saudi Arabia Formula E track and visa process revealed

Formula E has revealed the track layout for the inaugural Saudi Arabia race in Riyadh, which will kick off the 2018/19 season in December.

The 2.495km circuit has 21 corners which wind their way around the UNESCO heritage site in Ad Diriyah. It is still subject to FIA homologation.

The circuit was revealed at the Governorate of Diriyah after ex-Williams Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa drove his new Venturi around the city streets in a demonstration.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) will be an official partner and title sponsor of the race, with a new visa process allowing for fans to travel to Saudi Arabia for the race.

An online system has been created which will provide an authorised ticket for entry into Saudi Arabia to ease the application and verification process.

“It’s fantastic news that SAUDIA is joining the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as official airline partner – ahead of the first race in Saudi Arabia and the debut of fully-electric racing in the Middle East,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.

“The partnership continues to show the appeal of Formula E on a global scale and I’m proud to welcome SAUDIA to the Formula E family as the excitement continues to build for the opening round of season five on December 15.

“When you consider Saudi Arabia is opening-up to international sports fans for the first time – and we have a new partner who can connect those fans to our series – it really is a strong addition to the championship.”

Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud said: “We really want to celebrate this moment with the people of Saudi Arabia – all those passionate fans and families who want to experience a live E-Prix for the first time.

“But with the introduction of a new visa process, now we can celebrate it with the world. It’s an opportunity we plan to grasp with both hands with the addition of a soon to be announced spectacular line-up of live music, culture and entertainment – featuring global stars as part of an unmissable three-day festival.”

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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