Qatar joins F1 2021 calendar with 10-year deal commencing from 2023

Qatar has joined the list of countries to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix as it debuts on 19-21 November later this year.

Filling in the antepenultimate slot for this year’s 22-race calendar, the Losail International Circuit will host a Formula 1 weekend at the end of a consecutive triple-header.

The track is famed for hosting the Grand Prix of Qatar since 2004, as well as other World Touring Car Championship races.

A statement from F1 said: “There was a strong will from Qatar to be helpful to F1, and in the course of this process, the vision for a longer partnership was discussed and agreed for 10 years.

“The step from the gesture to be helpful to F1 in 2021 to a long term strategy was short and simple and the vision for F1 to be the showcase for Qatar after the FIFA World Cup in 2022 was the driving force behind this long term agreement.

“As part of the longer-term deal, discussions will continue regarding the location for the Grand Prix from 2023 with further details to be provided at a later time.”

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Abdulrahman Al-Mannai, President of the Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation, added:

“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.”

There are seven races left on the 2021 season schedule.

Qatar in November will conclude a triple-header preceded by the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos, and the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

The debuting Grand Prix will be followed by a double-header in December – in Saudi Arabia and the traditional Abu Dhabi finale.

Remaining 2021 season schedule:

  • Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park – 10 October
  • United States Grand Prix – COTA – 24 October
  • Mexican Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – 7 November
  • Brazilian Grand Prix – Interlagos / Autódromo José Carlos Pace – 14 November
  • Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit – 21 November
  • Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Street Circuit – 5 December
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Bay – 12 December