Tickets for F1's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix go on sale

Inaugural race will take place on the weekend of December 3-5 on a street circuit in the historic port city of Jeddah

Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki (C) and Khalid al-Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, are pictured on stage during a press conference to announce Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as part of the 2021 F1 calendar, in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on November 5, 2020. Saudi Arabia said it will host a Formula One Grand Prix for the first time next year, with a night race in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia had been pencilled in for the 2021 season as part of a record 23-race Formula One programme, as the sport seeks to bounce back from a shortened 2020 season that has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.  / AFP / Amer HILABI

Tickets for the first Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix are now on sale, the country's sports ministry announced on Sunday.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place on the weekend of December 3-5 in the historic port city of Jeddah on the Red Sea.

The Saudi Press Agency reported that the ministry, in coordination with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, had released 40 per cent of tickets, adding that more tickets will be available in the future according to updates the organising committee receives on the ongoing developments related to Covid-19.

"We look forward to experiencing a great race in the latest, fastest and longest street circuit in Formula 1, in addition to various types of entertainment over three days outside the circuit," said Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, Minister of Sports, adding that "Saudi Arabia has become an exceptional home to the most prestigious racing series in the world."

Saudi Arabia is set to host the longest and fastest street circuit in F1. Featuring 27 corners, the Jeddah Street Circuit stretches to 6.175km in length, making it the second longest circuit on the current F1 calendar behind the legendary Spa-Francorchamps.

"I can't believe my hometown will be hosting Saudi Arabia's first ever F1 Grand Prix," says Shahza Ahmed, a Saudi national living in Jeddah. "I have grown up watching F1 around the world in places like Monaco, Bahrain and Spain, but I never thought we would have our own. It is a proud moment for the country and I can't wait to watch it with my friends and family!"

Fans will be able to choose from three categories: Paddock Club, Premium Hospitality and the Main Grandstand.

The price of the tickets for the Main Grandstand starts from SR1,800 ($480) for all three days.

Paddock Club tickets will allow visitors to enjoy the weekend at a hotel suite in Jeddah Corniche, with better views of the track, pit and will also get access to entertainment events including festivals and music concerts at F1 this year. Prices can go up to SAR 33,856 ($9,028).

Tickets and packages are now available on the official F1 website.

Updated: July 27th 2021, 8:43 AM