The Ferrari Motorsport Festival in Riyadh makes Saudi Arabia known for motorsport and auto events


RIYADH: The Ferrari Motorsport Festival kicked off on Friday with a two-day event that featured fantastic demonstrations of racing cars, professional Formula 1 drivers and epic spectacles for fans.

In the UK, the Ferrari Motorsport Festival marks the farewell to the 10-day auto show in Riyadh for the second time, at which more than 600 exotic and rare automobiles could be seen in one place – and thus the title of the largest auto show in the region.

“This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life,” said Abdulaziz Khashoggi, founder of the automotive lifestyle company Superior Automotive. “Saudi Arabia is on the rise, the King and Crown Prince have put Saudi Arabia on the map when it comes to motorsport and auto events.”

One of the special attractions of the event was the Ferrari Owners Club, which was founded by Jeddah-born Yassir Kamil Sindi and was invited to a demonstration of nearly 100 prancing horses. The club’s drivers drove a lighted track at the venue, cranking their engines and doing their laps while the crowd cheered and whistled for more.

“As you can see and hear behind me, every single Ferrari you can imagine flies by on the track, it’s a symphony, it’s an orchestra, it’s the most incredible thing that has ever been,” said Khashoggi.

On the program were some extreme cars like the Ferrari 599 XX, FXX and FXX K, which were exclusively homologated for racing and are not considered street legal.

With their V12 engines roaring through the hall, the event’s visitors couldn’t get enough.

“One of my favorite things to do was watch the cars on the track, it was beautiful,” said Tiezheng Bu, an airplane YouTuber. “Because it’s wide open, the acoustics in here are amazing, and it was an almost blessed experience.

“I even took a selfie with Mick Schumacher – this place is full of pleasant surprises,” he added.

Formula 1 fans were shocked by the appearance of Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher, son of legendary driver Michael Schumacher, who won five of his seven records with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.

The event also took part in Ferrari’s 2017 Formula 1 display of a Formula 1 car driven by acclaimed professional Formula 1 drivers Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, a legendary duo that Ferrari finished second in that year the constructors championship occupied. The car was named Ferrari SF70H to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary as an automobile manufacturer.

All of this comes in a large showroom that houses some of the most sought-after Ferraris, including the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Roma, F8 Spider, 812 GTS and many more rare automobiles from the Italian manufacturer that amazed visitors for their beauty.

From December 3rd to 5th, the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia will take place in Jeddah as the penultimate race of the 2021 season: Mercedes-AMG driver Lewis Hamilton or Red Bull Racing youngster Max Verstappen.

“Jeddah is my hometown and I can’t wait to see the Formula 1 cars on Corniche Road on the Red Sea, where I drove before construction started – I’ve been waiting for this all my life,” said one fan.

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