The Formula 1 arrives for the first time at Saudi Arabia this season 2021. The appointment will take place on the weekend of December 3-5 at Jeddah Street Circuit and those responsible for F1 have received a document with the dress and behavior codes that they must follow during the days of the Grand Prix. While the Great Circus is heading to the United States to continue this weekend with the racing calendar, the teams have received the statement from Saudi Arabia.
Will be the first time in history that Formula 1 has to follow local customs within the paddock, something that already happened in the Dakar rally when in 2020 it landed in the Asian country. The instructions will have to be followed especially in public spaces and are directed especially to female staff where they are prohibited from wearing some clothing items.
The dress code calls for men long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and no short-sleeved shirts or suspenders and ripped shorts or pants that can reveal the knees. Men may wear shorts on the circuit and on transfers from the circuit to the hotel if they are part of their team’s official dressing room.
In the case of women, the demands are even higher. They are also asked to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and skirts and pants above the knee, bikinis, dresses and torn pants are prohibited, as well as they ask that they do not wear transparent fabrics or excessively marked makeup.
They also recommend that the neck is not low-cut and that jackets and raincoats are worn as far as possible, something surprising if one takes into account that the temperature can be between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius. And when it comes to the code of behavior, they should try not to show excessive gestures of affection in public or use language that could be considered inappropriate.
Formula 1 has not made any statements about it and according to what they have sent from Saudi Arabia, these requests are not only for the arrival of Formula 1 but it is something that is usually requested of all visitors to the country, and they ask that they adapt to local customs. The director of Prema, Guillaume Capietto, has decided to position himself on his social networks in this regard: “Today we received the dress code for Jeddah. As a man I understand that I cannot wear shorts, so I am going to buy some skirts, which are only prohibited for women. Formula 1 continues to enter controversial countries, which they are trying to evolve. On the one hand it is true, because women do not have to wear nicabs “, assured the Italian.