This is breaking news! Qatar will host the 20th round of the Formula One season in 2021.
On November 19-21, it will host its first-ever Grand Prix. Furthermore, a deal has been negotiated for the track to be in use for the next ten years starting in 2023, so we can anticipate to see some thrilling races and see what this new circuit can bring to F1.
“There was a strong desire from Qatar to assist F1, and throughout this process, the vision for a longer cooperation was established and agreed for ten years,” F1 said in a statement.
“The transition from a gesture to assist Formula One in 2021 to a long-term strategy was quick and easy, and the goal for Formula One to be Qatar’s showcase following the FIFA World Cup in 2022 was the driving reason behind this long-term arrangement.
“As part of the longer-term agreement, conversations for the Grand Prix’s location from 2023 will continue, with more specifics to be released at a later date.
“This is a very special day for Qatar Motorsport and our nation’s objectives as a host of major sporting events,” said Abdulrahman Al-Mannai, President of Qatar Motorsport Federation.
“I am extremely proud of our ability to help Formula One by stepping in and hosting a race in our country in such a short period of time, as well as negotiating a ground-breaking long-term arrangement with F1.
“The Qatar Motor & Motorsport Federation and Authorities have been outstanding, moving at breakneck speed to ensure the event can take place this season at the Losail Circuit, which is best known as the home of the Formula One race.
“We’ve proved that we can adapt, and there’s a lot of interest in our sport and a lot of people hoping for a Grand Prix in a lot of places. All of the teams, F1 and the FIA put in a great effort to deliver a 22-race calendar, which is a huge accomplishment in such a difficult year and something we can all be proud of.”
This thrilling arrangement means that Qatar will host both Formula 1 and the Motor GP for the next decade, two of the world’s most prestigious motorsport events. We have a long and illustrious history in motorsport, and this is the next chapter in our tale. Qatar will be an excellent F1 destination, and we hope to welcome all of the drivers, teams, journalists, and fans shortly.
“I applaud Formula 1, the Qatar Motor & Motorsport Federation, and the Qatari authorities, who have worked relentlessly to make the debut Grand Prix in Qatar happen promptly and efficiently in these challenging times,” said FIA president Jean Todt.
“The Losail International Circuit, which will host the race, has been working with us closely to ensure that they are completely prepared for this historic event. We’re quite proud of what we’ve accomplished as a group. I appreciate the participation of QMMF President Abdulrahman Al-Mannai and his Excellency Salah Bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports.