The Qatar Grand Prix will be added to the Formula One schedule in 2021, pitting Hamilton and Verstappen against each other on fresh ground.
The Losail International Circuit in Qatar will host its first-ever Formula One event from November 19 to 21.
Formula One has announced that Qatar’s Losail International Circuit will join the calendar this season on November 19-21, as well as signing a 10-year extension to host F1 from 2023, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen anticipated to put on a show-stopping final three races of the season.
For the first time, Qatar will host the 20th round of the Formula One season, which will be followed by the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 3-5, and the season finale on December 10-12 in Abu Dhabi.
Losail has hosted the MotoGP series since 2004, and it will be part of a middle eastern triple header at the end of the season.
“There was a strong will from Qatar to be helpful to F1, and during this process, the vision for a longer collaboration was explored and agreed for 10 years,” F1 said in a statement.
“The transition from a gesture to assist Formula One in 2021 to a long-term strategy was quick and easy, and the goal for Formula One to be Qatar’s showcase following the FIFA World Cup in 2022 was the driving factor behind this long-term deal.”
“As part of the longer-term agreement, conversations for the Grand Prix’s location from 2023 will continue, with more specifics to be announced at a later date.”
The Formula One calendar has been altered as a result of the global epidemic, with the championship unable to visit Singapore, China, Canada, Australia, and Japan.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula One, praised the Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) and Qatari authorities for their contributions to turning around a race on such short notice.
“We are delighted to welcome Qatar to the Formula One calendar this season and beyond, beginning in 2023,” Domenicali added.
“The Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation and the Qatari authorities have been outstanding, moving at breakneck pace to ensure that the event can take place this season at the Losail Circuit, which is well-known as the home of MotoGP.
“We’ve demonstrated that we can adapt, and there’s a lot of interest in our sport,” says Brinkwire’s summary news.