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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023

F1 responds to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix cancellation fears

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been subjected to rumours regarding cancellation risks over rising tensions in the Middle East. F1 has moved to confirm the situation.

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F1 has confirmed the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is at no risk of cancellation despite rumours suggesting otherwise.

Concerns have been raised over the season-ending event due to rising tensions in the Middle East, pinned on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The UK Foreign Office updated its travel advice on October 29, raising the threat of terrorism in the United Arab Emirates - among others - to 'very likely', a move that mirrored a number of other countries in Europe.

The Foreign Office has also indicated that 'there is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests' given the political landscape regarding Israel and Palestine.

But whilst this has led to concerns over the safe running of the race in Abu Dhabi, the guidance reflects a similar level of concern that has been given by the FCO in recent years for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

No risk for F1 race

Following reports that the season finale was at risk, an F1 spokesperson has confirmed the race will go ahead.

It is understood that travelling parties, including teams and Team Principals, have been notified as to F1's position and the context surrounding the FCO's guidance.

It is not the first time tensions in the Middle East have threatened the completion of an F1 race weekend after a missile strike on an oil depot in Saudi Arabia last season led to wide-ranging talks at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit before the race was given the go-ahead.

The 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled due to civil unrest in the country.

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