Qatar’s Losail International Circuit will hold it’s first Formula 1 event on November 19-21, filling the remaining slot in the 2021 race calendar. The country has further signed an additional 10-year deal to host F1 from 2023.
The night race at Losail International Circuit has been in planning stages for a while, and deals have now been finalised and sealed. The race will slot in the vacant slot in November following the Brazil Grand Prix and form a Middle-Eastern ending to the 2021 season. Qatar will be followed up by the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 3-5, with the final round at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 10-12.
First opened in 2004, and located a few kilometres from Doha, the capital of Qatar, the Losail International Circuit has been a permanents fixture for MotoGP. The circuit itself is 5,380 metres long, with a home straight of 1,068 metres.
A statement from F1 said: “There was a strong will from Qatar to be helpful to F1, and in the course of this process, the vision for a longer partnership was discussed and agreed for 10 years.
“The step from the gesture to be helpful to F1 in 2021 to a long term strategy was short and simple and the vision for F1 to be the showcase for Qatar after the FIFA World Cup in 2022 was the driving force behind this long term agreement.
“As part of the longer-term deal, discussions will continue regarding the location for the Grand Prix from 2023 with further details to be provided at a later time.”
F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali further said: “We are very pleased to welcome Qatar to the Formula 1 calendar this season and for the longer term from 2023.
“The Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation and Authorities have been incredible and have moved at great speed to ensure the race can take place this season at the Losail Circuit, famous to many as the host of MotoGP.
“We have shown that we can continue to adapt and there is huge interest in our sport and the hope from many locations to have a Grand Prix. The huge effort from all the teams, F1 and the FIA has made it possible to deliver a 22-race calendar, something that is very impressive during a challenging year and something we can all be proud of.”
Abdulrahman Al-Mannai, President of Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation, said: “This is a very special day for Qatar Motorsport and our nation’s ambitions as a host of major sporting events.
“I’m very proud that we’ve been able to support Formula 1 by stepping in and hosting a race in our country in such a short time frame, while also securing a ground-breaking long term deal with F1.”
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