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Qatar will hold its first Formula One Grand Prix

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The race will take place on 21 November at the Losail International Circuit, north of Doha.© Twitter

Qatar will hold its first Formula One Grand Prix in November, replacing the canceled Australian GP, ​​organizers announced on Friday. The race will take place on 21 November at the Losail International Circuit north of Doha and will become the first of the Middle East for a Formula One season as it will be followed by a race in Saudi Arabia and the season-end Abu Dhabi Grand. Prix. Qatar has also signed a 10-year deal to host Formula One from 2023. The Australian GP, ​​traditionally a season-opener, was moved towards the end of the season to ensure it could go ahead in light of Covid-19. Sanctions. Despite this, it was canceled to run for the second year.

“We are very pleased to welcome Qatar to the Formula 1 calendar this season and the long term beyond 2023,” said F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“We have shown that we can continue to adapt and there is a lot of interest in our sport and Grand Prix is ​​expected from many venues.

“The enormous effort of 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 of which we can all be proud.”

The Losel circuit opened in 2004 and has since hosted MotoGP, under floodlights that will also be used for the Grand Prix.

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In its statement, F1 said it would confirm the venue for the race in Qatar from 2023 at a later date, suggesting a possible change from Losel.

It is the latest sporting coup for gas-rich Qatar, which will host the football World Cup in 2022.

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