Method One has confirmed it should race in Qatar later this 12 months on the Losail Circuit and introduced a 10-year deal for a race within the nation from 2023.
This 12 months’s Qatar Grand Prix will happen on Nov. 21 and might be spherical 20 of 22 on this 12 months’s championship. The Losail Circuit north of Doha has hosted Moto GP races because it opened in 2004 however has but to host an F1 race. F1 is planning to host the race underneath floodlights — as Moto GP does with its race.
Nevertheless, F1 stated it might verify the long-term location of the race in Qatar from 2023 onward at a later date, hinting at a brand new location. The ten-year deal will comply with the internet hosting of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
In 2021, Qatar will fill a slot that was beforehand listed as TBA by F1, following a choice to cancel the Australian Grand Prix for a second 12 months operating as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re more than happy to welcome Qatar to the Method One calendar this season and for the long run from 2023,” F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali stated. “The Qatar Motor & Bike Federation and Authorities have been unimaginable and have moved at nice velocity to make sure the race can happen this season on the Losail Circuit, well-known to many because the host of MotoGP.
“We now have proven that we are able to proceed to adapt and there’s large curiosity in our sport and the hope from many areas to have a grand prix. The massive effort from all of the groups, F1 and the FIA has made it attainable to ship a 22 race calendar, one thing that may be very spectacular throughout a difficult 12 months and one thing we are able to all be happy with.”
Human rights group Amnesty Worldwide raised issues over F1’s determination to race in Qatar.
“It is no secret that wealthy nations within the Center East see top-level sport as a method to rebrand and sportswash their pictures, and a grand prix in Qatar could be extra of the identical,” Amnesty Worldwide UK’s CEO, Sacha Deshmukh, stated. “Having sunk huge quantities of cash into Paris Saint-Germain and employed 1000’s of abroad staff to construct stadiums for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup, Qatar is clearly making an attempt to show itself right into a sporting superpower.”
Deshmukh added: “Drivers and their groups must be ready to talk out about human rights in Qatar within the lead-up to this race, doing their bit to interrupt the spell of sportwashing and picture administration.”
F1 responded in a press release of its personal: “For many years Method One has labored onerous to be a optimistic drive all over the place it races, together with financial, social, and cultural advantages. Sports activities like Method One are uniquely positioned to cross borders and cultures to carry nations and communities collectively to share the eagerness and pleasure of unimaginable competitors and achievement.
“We take our duties on rights very significantly and set excessive moral requirements for counterparties and people in our provide chain, that are enshrined in contracts, and we pay shut consideration to their adherence.”
The 5.380km Losail circuit has the mandatory FIA Grade One certification to carry a Method One grand prix. FIA president Jean Todt stated his organisation had been working with Qatar to make sure Losail is able to host this 12 months’s race.
“I congratulate Method One, the Qatar Motor & Bike Federation and the Qatari authorities, who’ve labored tirelessly, to shortly and effectively make the inaugural Grand Prix in Qatar occur in these difficult instances,” Todt stated. “The Losail Worldwide Circuit, which can welcome the race, has been working intently with us to make sure they’re full ready for this momentous event. We’re very happy with this collective achievement.
“I thank the QMMF President Abdulrahman Al-Mannai and the Minister of Tradition and Sport Ghanem al Ali for his or her involvement. This dedication to F1 for the long-term, in addition to the organisation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and lots of different worldwide occasions, is one other instance of Qatar’s robust ardour for sport.”
Lewis Hamilton presently leads Max Verstappen by two factors within the drivers’ championship with seven races left to run. Mercedes leads Purple Bull by 33 factors within the constructors’ championship.
Remaining races on F1 calendar:
Spherical 16: Turkish Grand Prix – Oct. 8-10
Spherical 17: US Grand Prix – Oct. 22-24
Spherical 18: Mexican Grand Prix – Nov. 5-7
Spherical 19: Brazilian Grand Prix – Nov. 12-14
Spherical 20: Qatar Grand Prix – Nov. 19-21
Spherical 21: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Dec. 3-5
Spherical 22: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Dec. 10-12