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In the round-up: No dress code will be enforced for the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix later this year, contrary to reports elsewhere earlier this month.

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No special dress requirements for Saudi Arabian GP

Male and female visitors to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in December will not be subject to a dress code at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit or public places in the city, RaceFans understands.

This follows reports claiming a strict minimum standard of attire would be imposed at the event, requiring attendees’ outfits to have long sleeves and long trousers or skirts below the knee. Visitors will be told they can dress in the same way they would for other races in the region, such as the Bahrain Grand Prix and recently-added race in Qatar.

Saudi Arabia’s citizens are ordinarily required to dress conservatively. Women wear a long, black cloak called an abaya which leaves only their hands and face visible; some also wear a veil. Men wear a traditional dress known as a thawb and a headdress. The requirement for female foreign visitors to wear an abaya was relaxed in 2019.

Ayrton Senna’s father dies

Milton Senna, the father of three-times Formula 1 world champion Ayrton Senna has died, according to the family’s official Instagram account. He was 94 years old.

Formula 3 offers tests to four women

Formula 3 will extend testing opportunities to four female racers at Magny-Cours next month. W Series racers Nerea Marti and Irina Sidorkova will drive on November 9th, and Iron Dames duo Doriane Pin and Maya Weug – the latter also a Ferrari Driver Academy member – will drive the day after.

“This F3 test is part of a larger diversity plan, with the goal to allow more female drivers to join our championship in the near future,” said F3 CEO Bruno Michel. “Today, it is still not easy for women to access the FIA single-seater pyramid. We want to help change this.”

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Motor racing links of interest:

Hamilton on building his Formula 1 legacy (Wall Street Journal)

"Last year we only had 3% diversity in our team. We're now at six, and we're on the goal of getting to 25% in the next four years. I want to look back on this sport in the next 10, 15 years and just see it more representative of the outside world."

Verstappen krank zum US-Sieg (Auto Motor und Sport - German)

Like his team mate, Max Verstappen was also unwell during the United States Grand Prix weekend, according to Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko, who said the driver "brought himself back into shape with breathing exercises and drinking".

Australian GP boss rejects F1 event rotation concept (Speedcafe)

"The notion of sitting every alternate year out, or rotating with other states to share it, is not on our agenda. We want it every year because it is such a great asset for Victoria."

Here's why America's Formula 1 team is so bad (Fox News)

Gene Haas: "It takes millions and millions of dollars. They need a benefactor to help an American driver race in Formula 1. For all the talk about it, there’s no one that’s ever stepped up to do that."

Jacques Villeneuve's multimillion-dollar tax dodges exposed in leaked files (CBC)

"Villeneuve's racing income from those years was routed to a Quebec corporation, Newtown Racing Inc. Its financial statements, filed in court, show it had total revenues of more than $1 million between 2011 and 2013. But losses booked in 2010 and 2012 largely offset that income, and the company paid a total of just $27,000 in tax over those years."

Rosberg says motorsport can help tackle climate change (Reuters)

"If you have this race-to-road transfer of progress that’s perfect, that’s where motorsports has to be."

  • How the real change F1 needs to cut its emissions was revealed by the pandemic

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