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Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022

Horner and Wolff react as Saudi Arabian GP gets go-ahead

Christian Horner and Toto Wolff have shared some comments following confirmation that the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will continue as planned.

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner and Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff have offered their initial thoughts after the decision was taken to proceed with this weekend's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

F1 and FIA chiefs, along with drivers and team bosses, met for a second time at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Friday night to discuss the continuation of the event, following a missile attack in the area.

The attack on an Aramco fuel facility - shortly before first practice began - caused a large fire, which led to acrid smoke permeating through the Jeddah paddock and across the circuit.

Horner: F1 has to stand together collectively

As he emerged from the second meeting of the day, Horner gave his take on the situation and expressed full faith in F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

"I think the sport has to stand together collectively, you know," Horner told Sky Sports.

"Any act of terrorism cannot be condoned, and sport shouldn't be bullied into a position that… a situation like that just isn't acceptable.

"Stefano and the [FIA] President, they're dealing with it. There's been all the assurances from the organisers, and we'll be going racing."

Wolff confirms unanimous support amongst team bosses

After Horner's comments about "standing together", Wolff confirmed that team bosses were united behind the decision, though said drivers will be holding further discussions.

"It was a good meeting and the drivers are going to talk now in a drivers' meeting," explained Wolff, also speaking to Sky Sports.

"We, the Team Principals, have been assured that we are protected here, and this is probably the safest place you can be in Saudi Arabia at the moment – that is one reason why we are racing."

Pushed if the decision was unanimous, Wolff said: "Amongst the Team Prinicpals? Yes."

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