Yemeni missile attack strikes oil refinery near F1 Grand Prix base (VIDEO)

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A Yemeni missile attack has struck near the F1 Grand Prix base in Saudi Arabia reports, with officials declaring that the event  will continue “as planned” despite the attack by Yemeni rebels on an oil facility which set off a huge fire visible from Jeddah’s street circuit.

According to reports, flames ripped through the nearby Aramco oil refinery and drivers smelt the fire during the opening practice run.

'Drivers and team bosses attended an emergency meeting in the paddock with race organisers and F1 management shortly before the second practice session.'

'The start of the session was delayed by 15 minutes as F1 boss Stefano Domenicali insisted the race weekend would continue.'

“Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today,” said an F1 spokesman.

“The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

World champion Max Verstappen was one of the first drivers to be aware of the drama unfolding as he guided his Red Bull through the first practice session.

“I smell burning - is it my car?” said the Dutchman on his team radio.