While the first free practice session of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was taking place, there was an explosion next to the track, a mere 10km away.
Fire and black smoke could be seen from the track and drivers started complaining that they could smell burning in their cars.
“I can smell burning – is it my car,” Max Verstappen questioned his team over the radio, worrying that his Red Bull was having yet more issues following a disappointing end to his Bahrain Grand Prix.
Now, F1 is waiting for details on what happened, and and it has released a statement:
“The position at the moment is that we are waiting for further information from the authorities on what has happened.”
FP2 starts later today after a strong start from Ferrari.
These are the results of FP1:
- Leclerc (Ferrari) 1m30.772s, soft
- Verstappen (Red Bull) 1m30.888s, hard
- Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 1m31.084s, soft
- Sainz (Ferrari) 1m31.139s, soft
- Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1m31.317s, soft
- Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) 1m31.505s, soft
- Perez (Red Bull) 1m31.563s, soft
- Ocon (Alpine) 1m32.026s, soft
- Hamilton (Mercedes) 1m32.364s, soft
- Alonso (Alpine) 1m32.381s, soft
It’s now been confirmed that this was a missile attack as a Houthi missile hits Aramco oil facility in Jeddah.
BREAKING: Houthi missile hits Aramco oil facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia pic.twitter.com/0TnMQ7s76Q
— BNO News (@BNONews) March 25, 2022
BREAKING: Houthi rebels said they launched multiple attacks on Saudi Arabia today, striking an Aramco oil facility in Jeddah ahead of F1.
— Aya Iskandarani (@Aya_Isk) March 25, 2022
🚨| A video from the track right before the start of FP2: pic.twitter.com/aApADYEyAE
— LC (@LappedCars) March 25, 2022
“BREAKING: Houthi rebels said they launched multiple attacks on Saudi Arabia today, striking an Aramco oil facility in Jeddah ahead of F1,” a journalist writes on Twitter.
More information to come as we get it.
Another meeting between drivers, teams, and the FIA at 10pm local time to discuss the explosion.