JEDDAH: Thousands of enthusiasts flocked to Jeddah circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday for the annual Ferrari Festival, which featured various activities, entertainment and displays.
The Ferrari Festival combines sporting and entertainment elements to entertain fans of all ages. Apart from the action on the circuit, there was plenty of off-circuit entertainment, such as live music performances, games and an exhibition of modern and classic Ferraris.
The festival celebrated the spirit of motoring and provided enthusiasts with an opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive sports cars in a safe and secure setting.
On track, with more than 100 cars, Ferrari owners displayed the performance characteristics of their vehicles to the fullest in track-day sessions, allowing fans to make the most of the experience and to take photos.
Faris Fatani, 22, was spotted posing with the Ferraris along with his brother and their friend.
“We came to Jeddah circuit with our family and friends just for this Ferrari show,” he told Arab News. “We love these cars and they look even more beautiful parked all in a row. This is something that we will not forget.”
Ferrari-fan Saeed Al-Amoudi brought along his family, who were busy taking photographs with their mobiles.
He said: “This is a great event, and I am enjoying the amazing cars. It’s really a great feeling to be out here with the Ferraris.”
“It is a wonderful opportunity to see Ferraris of all ages, from the earliest road cars through to the very latest in one place,” said Tariq Al-Faratani, a Lebanese resident.
During the two-day festival, Ferrari enthusiasts were able to see many Formula 1 drivers, including the Ferrari F1 star drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who made their appearance alongside members of Ferrari’s WEC HypercarDriving Roster, including former F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi, Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi minister of sport, and Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Motor and Motorcycle Federation and the Saudi Motor Sports Company — who both have a passion for car racing and previously competed in the series, winning numerous races and championships with the Al-Faisal team — were among the Ferrari enthusiasts.
Prince Khalid told the media: “We are pleased to welcome the Ferrari Festival in Jeddah to celebrate this famous and very beloved brand in the Kingdom and around the world,” he said. “We also begin the countdown to the fourth consecutive weekend of Formula 1 racing in Jeddah.”