The round of the Formula I world championship originally scheduled for November 27 and November 28, 2003 has been postponed to March 25 and March 26, 2004 upon request of His Highness Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Al-Saud

The round of the Formula I world championship originally scheduled for November 27 and November 28, 2003 has been postponed to March 25 and March 26, 2004 upon request of His Highness Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Al-Saud

“For the past year we have been looking at the possibility of bringing Formula I Powerboat racing to our country,” said His Highness Prince Faisal Fahad Al Saud in Singapore. “For me, watching these pilots race is an amazing experience. Now, I am pleased to confirm the date of the Formula I Grand Prix one week before the Formula I Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in the neighboring Kingdom of Bahrain.

“The rescheduled date for the event is Friday, March 26, 2004 – a time when all the international TV and media will be focused on our part of the World. I would like to thank Nicolo di San Germano, Formula I promoter, and his organization for understanding our needs.”

35-year-old Leith Pharaon drives for Saudi Team Green. He won the Class 1 Offshore World Powerboat Championship in 1997 and was silver medallist in the 2002 Formula I World Championship. “It is a great feeling for me being in a Saudi team and knowing that I will be able to share more excitement with the spectators and fans,” he said.

Pharaon is also one of the driver representatives to the UIM Formula I Powerboat Safety Working Group and currently lays sixth in the championship with 33 points. Series promoter Nicolo di San Germano said: “From a racing point of view it is important for our sport to expand by adding new venues, and at the same time broaden its geographic boundaries. To be invited to race in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an honour for Formula I and a fantastic opportunity for the sport. I hope we are able to put on a meeting to be proud of.”