Monday, 18 October 2021

F1 confirmed Qatar 2021 GP and ten-year race deal from 2023

F1 confirmed Qatar 2021 GP and ten-year race deal from 2023

F1 has confirmed that it will race in Doha, Qatar, at the Losail Circuit later this year and announced a 10-year deal for a race in Qatar from 2023.

This year's Qatar Grand Prix race will take place on 21 November and be round 20 of 22 this year's championship race. The Losail Circuit, the north of Doha, has hosted Moto GP races since the circuit was open in 2004 but has yet to host an F1 race. F1 is arranging to provide the race under floodlights as Moto GP does in the races.

Although, F1 said it would confirm the long-term site of the race in Qatar from 2023 onward, hinting at a new place. The ten-year deal will follow the host of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

In 2021, Qatar will fill a slot previously listed as TBA by the F1 association, follows a decision to call off the Australian Grand Prix for the second consecutive year due to covid.

"We are pleased to welcome Qatar to a Formula One calendar this season and for the longer period from 2023."

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said.

"Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation and Authority have been incredible and have moved at impressive speed to make sure the race can take place this season at the Losail Circuit, Doha famous to many as the host of Moto GP.

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Amnesty International, Human rights group, raised concerns over F1's decision to race in Doha.

Amnesty International UK's CEO,

"It is no secret that rich country in the Middle East see top-level sport as a means to rebrand their images, and a grand prix in Qatar would be more of the same,"

Sacha Deshmukh said.

"Having sunk huge investment into PSG and hired thousands of overseas workers to build stadium for World Cup next year's , Qatar is clearly trying to turn itself into a sporting superpower in globe."

Deshmukh added:

"Drivers and the teams should be prepared to speak out about the human rights in Qatar in a lead-up to this race, doing their bit to break the spell of sportwashing and image management."

Remaining races on the F1 calendar:

Round 16: Turkish Grand Prix - Oct. 8-10
Round 17: US Grand Prix - Oct. 22-24
Round 18: Mexican Grand Prix - Nov. 5-7
Round 19: Brazilian Grand Prix - Nov. 12-14
Round 20: Qatar Grand Prix - Nov. 19-21
Round 21: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Dec. 3-5
Round 22: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Dec. 10-12

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