09/30/2021 at 11:33 AM CEST
The 2021 Formula 1 calendar, initially raised to 23 races, has undergone several changes derived from the Covid pandemic, The departure of Japan and Australia finally forced to reduce the number of tests to 22, with 21 circuits confirmed and another to be determined, from November 19 to 21. This Thursday, F1 has advanced its agreement with the Losail circuit to host the first Qatar Grand Prix.
In addition, it is a long-term deal, which will last for ten seasons, from 2023 to 2032. There will be no Grand Prix in 2022, when the country will focus on the World Cup that will begin exactly one year after the first F1 race. The event will return in 2023 and could be held on a new circuit built especially for F1 and not in Losail, where the MotoGP Grand Prix is traditionally held.
With the new incorporation the F1 calendar will have four grands prix in Middle East: Bahrain, which was the opening race of the season, Qatar and the two rounds that will close the World Cup, Saudi Arabia (December 5) and Abu Dhabi (December 12).
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The Losail circuit was inaugurated in 2004 to host the first MotoGP grand prix and from 2008 it became a night grand prix, after a powerful investment in artificial lighting carried out by the American company. Musco Lighting.
The track is 5.4 kilometers long with 16 curves (six to the left and 10 to the right) and has a long straight of more than a kilometer that will favor overtaking in F1. Competition director Michael Masi visited the Qatari track in August and outlined the modifications that had to be made to accommodate the cars, including a new pit entrance and changes to pianos and barriers.