Qatar race added to calendar instead of Australia

Qatar race added to calendar instead of Australia

Formula 1 found a replacement for the canceled Australian Grand Prix.

F1 announced on Thursday that it will compete at the Losel International Circuit in Qatar on 21 November. The race will be the 20th of 22 scheduled and will follow the Australian Grand Prix being canceled for the second consecutive season due to COVID-19.

Qatar’s involvement in the race means any idea of ​​a pair at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas is off the table. A possible doubleheader in Austin was mentioned after races were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic in Australia and Japan. Instead, there will only be one race in the United States in 2021, before two races in 2022, with a spring race in Miami.

The original F1 calendar had 23 races before the changes were made due to the pandemic. The revised schedule delayed Turkey to 10 October and two races in Austria.

The deal, due in Qatar in 2021, also includes a 10-year contract starting in 2023.

“There was a strong desire from Qatar to help F1 and during that process, the vision of a longer partnership was discussed and agreed upon for 10 years,” Formula 1 said in a statement.

“The move from helping F1 in 2021 to a longer-term strategy was short and simple, and F1 Qatar’s performance after the 2022 FIFA World Cup was the driving force behind this agreement. Long-term. As part of the long-term agreement As of now, discussions will continue regarding the location of the Grand Prix starting in 2023 and more details will be provided later.”

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7 races left in 2021

Formula 1 will now compete in the last three races of the 2021 season in the Middle East. After Turkey on 10 October, the series enters the Circuit of the Americas on 24 October. A race in Mexico goes to Brazil two weeks after Austin and a week after F1 Mexico.

Traveling after the race in Brazil will be difficult as there is no free weekend between Brazil and Qatar. Then there is another free weekend before the race in Saudi Arabia and the season finale in Abu Dhabi on 12 December. France 24. according to a report from, Saudi Arabia’s new circuit is in a race against completion times on the race’s scheduled date.

Lewis Hamilton is currently two points ahead of Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings. Hamilton won the 100th race of his career at the Russian Grand Prix, although rain at the Sochi circuit caused Verstappen to drive from behind to finish second in the wild final laps.

About the author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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