Qatar on F1 calendar 2021 plus deal for future

Qatar GP 2021

Formula 1 will hold a race in Qatar for the first time this season. The emirate has been awarded the Grand Prix on November 21st. At the same time, a long-term cooperation was agreed. From 2023, Formula 1 will drive in Qatar for ten years.

The last gap in this year's Formula 1 racing calendar has been closed. Qatar is stepping in as a replacement for the canceled Australian GP and is hosting a race weekend for the first time from November 19th to 21st. The route is the 5.380-kilometer Losail International Circuit, which is outside the capital Doha. This was announced by the Formula 1 management on Thursday (September 30th, 2021).

The announcement is no surprise. Qatar has been haunting the paddock for weeks as the hottest replacement candidate. The deal is now sealed. And Formula 1 has even more to announce. A long-term partnership was concluded directly with the emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf.

Accordingly, the premier class will return there from 2023 and will then drive in Qatar for ten years. Neither party has agreed on a race for 2022. Qatar probably wants to limit itself to hosting the World Cup. It is unclear on which race track Formula 1 will drive there in the future. Apparently the Losail International Circuit will only be used this season - and then a change will be made. That sounds like new construction.

Four F1 races in the Middle East

Qatar completes the Tripe header with Mexico and Brazil. In the third-to-last race of the season, the ten teams can expect a race track that basically consists of a long straight and 16 consecutive corners. The press release makes no mention of whether the Grand Prix will be held during the day or at night. In the MotoGP motorcycle world championship, Qatar is a night race.

Qatar is in the shop window with the Grand Prix. The emirate wants to use sport to improve its image. In 2022 the World Cup will take place there. From 2023 then Formula 1 races. Qatar is regularly criticized for violating human rights.

With Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, four countries from the Middle East have now made it onto the GP calendar. A region where motorsport doesn't have a real fan base, but the money is bubbling up.

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