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Q&A WITH SAUD AL SAUD

Saud Al Saud from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a relative newcomer to motorsport, but it hasn't stopped him working hard to refine his race craft well enough to debut in single-seaters this weekend. Having recently contested the KSA Rotax Max Challenge, he also has the vice champion crown to his name from the KSA endurance karting championship and this year enters F4UAE with Dubai-based 3Y Technology. We spoke with Saud about his start in the sport, love of the game and his future ambitions.

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WHY DID YOU WANT TO GET INTO MOTORSPORT?
I always believed that if I ever have a career it has to be something I’m passionate about. When I was a kid I loved driving, I used to always go to karting tracks and race for fun. I’ve always felt most happy when I’m driving. When I realized that I have a passion for racing I went straight into professional karting, and now Formula 4. I’ll always work hard to have a successful future in motorsports.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST RACE?
I remember my first race in karting like it was yesterday. I finished P7 out of 13 and I was so frustrated to how the guys in front were faster. After the race I started going to the track everyday and practice for hours just to get better lap times and I never stopped.

WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SHORT RACING CAREER SO FAR?
It’s crazy how I’ve reached this level in such a short amount of time. It takes commitment. I was very dedicated and I tried so hard to be better. I remember myself a year ago thinking I’d never make it to formula carsand saying it’s too late, but I worked hard and hard work pays off.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO MAKE THE JUMP FROM A GO-KART INTO THE FASTER F4 CAR? ANYTHING THAT IS A CHALLENGE?
It feels absolutely different. There’s a lot of g-force which is amazing, and the racing style is completely different. I’m having some trouble with changing my driving style which is slowing me down a bit, but I’ve been improving every time I get back in the track. I’m really feeling confident and I’ll absolutely work harder to be faster and find the right pace.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO RACE IN F4UAE IN 2021?
My dream is to one day become an F1 driver and I’ve always admired single-seater racing. I started with karting, and Formula 4 is the second step. F4UAE is one of the most competitive F4 championships in the world, and I’m more than happy to begin my journey here.

WE HAVE HAD MANY GCC DRIVERS DO WELL IN F4UAE OVER THE LAST FOUR SEASONS… WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR AS A PROUD SAUDI?
My goal for this season is to learn, have more experience, and to enhance my race craft. I hope I could become the first Saudi to achieve an F4 Championship title.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE LONG-TERM GOALS IN MOTORSPORT? AND WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO NEXT IN RACING?
My main goal is to progress in single-seater racing and try to reach F1. For my long-term goals I’d love to compete in different categories like the 24h endurance and Le Mans for instance.

You can follow Saud on Instagram here