After Australia apologized for hosting the event, the Formula 1 races landed in Qatar
Doha- Less than 3 months was enough to realize the dream of the Losail International Circuit to experience the magic and glamor of Formula 1 racing, after a rich experience of two decades of success in organizing MotoGP races.
The idea was born in late August with Australia’s apology for hosting the event, and it became a reality on September 30, with Doha officially signing the hosting contract, and it will be a tangible reality during the period from 19 to 21 November.
The President of the Qatar Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, Abdul Rahman Al-Mannai, explained that Doha’s hosting of the 20th round of the Formula 1 World Championship this season was a common desire of the International Federation and its Qatari counterpart.
Al-Mannai tells Al-Jazeera Net that Qatar has always had a desire to host major world championships and events, while the International Federation was seeking to achieve its goal and end the season with 22 races, after canceling more than one round of competition, in Australia, Japan and Singapore.
He adds that hosting one of the Formula 1 World Championship rounds is a historic event for motorsport in Qatar, and our ambitions to host sporting events, but at the same time stresses on Qatar’s ability to provide an addition to Formula 1 races, by producing the event in a wonderful way, both technically and organizationally.
Despite the limited time since the announcement of Qatar hosting the 20th round of the Formula 1 World Championship, Qatar has entered a race against time to prepare the facilities surrounding the Losail Circuit – an international circuit where several international sporting events are held, whether motorcycles or cars, but it only needed some minor modifications. Aesthetics to host the Formula- and accommodations for drivers, teams and workers.
Qatar is betting heavily on the popularity of the first category races, after it signed a 10-year contract with the organizers of the Formula 1 World Championship last September, according to which it will host one of the championship rounds from 2023 to 2032, unlike hosting this year’s race.
Al-Mannai expects Qatar to become home to Formula 1 and MotoGP races in the coming years, two of the most important car and motorcycle championships in the world.
Although Qatar has become the fourth Gulf country after Bahrain 2004, the UAE 2009, and Saudi Arabia (December 5 next), it has the honor of hosting one of the Formula 1 World Championship rounds, it is the third country in the actual hosting, given that the round that Saudi Arabia will host this season Also, it will be next month.
The Qatar Grand Prix from November 19-21 will be the third night round after Singapore and Bahrain, and will witness the participation of the most prominent Formula 1 stars, led by Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, the 7-time world champion, and Dutchman Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver and the leader in the general standings.
In turn, Amr Al-Hamad, the managing director of the Lusail Circuit Club, clarifies that the majority of the modifications that the circuit has undergone are related to safety matters and keeping pace with the modifications to host Formula 1, due to the difference between the requirements of the International Motorcycle and Automobile Federations.
Al-Hamd says to Al-Jazeera Net that some barriers were set up at the roundabouts in the circuit for the safety of the contestants, as well as to achieve justice and not to cut any racer to the circuit, as well as changing the place of entry to the garage to suit Formula 1 races.
The arrival of various competitors and teams to Doha, and shipments that include cars and tools used in the race, and others, will continue, as 260 shipments will be transported from Brazil to Doha via 8 planes, in addition to shipments that are transported by sea.
Qatar has achieved great success in organizing the various world motorcycle championships, whether “MotoGP”, “Motocross” or “Superbike”, as Doha began hosting MotoGP races at the Losail Circuit in 2004.