Finally, the wait to know the location of ’TBC’ is over. The race weekend for November 19-21 will now take place in Qatar. It will be the second Middle Eastern country after Bahrain, to hold a race in the 2021 F1 season.
Qatar comes into the 2021 calendar after the cancellation of Australian Grand Prix due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chances of a night race at the Doha’s Losail International Circuit, are high.
The last triple header of this season that starts with the Mexican Grand Prix will be sealed with the Qatar GP. This means that the last 3 races of this year will take place on the Middle East grounds.
It has also signed a 10-year deal starting from 2023. It’s not possible next year because the country will host the FIFA World Cup.
“This exciting agreement means that Qatar will be the home of both Formula 1 and MotoGP for the next decade, which are the pinnacle events in global motorsport.”
“We have a proud motorsport history and this is the next chapter for us. Qatar will be a great destination for F1 and we look forward to welcoming all the drivers, teams, media and fans very soon.” – Abdulrahman Al-Mannai, President of Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation
F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said, “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.”
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