F1 101: Qatar Joins the F1 Calendar
For the first time in the history of Formula One, the fastest motorsport on earth is visiting the Losail circuit in the country of Qatar
Around the world, there are numerous Formula One circuits. However, not all the circuits are added to the Formula One calendar every year. Every year, around 22 or 23 races are held in 22 or 23 different circuits. This year, Formula One is going to visit the Losail International circuit for the first time in the sport’s history.
At the Losail, it may be the first time for Formula One. However, for MotoGP, the Losail circuit is one of the most loved circuits in the world. The announcement was made by F1 and it said, “We are very grateful to the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation and the Qatari authorities for their enthusiasm and support in hosting a race this season, at short notice. We are also very appreciative of their efforts to ensure the race can take place in November at the Losail International Circuit. 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,” as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.
Not to forget, to The Guardian, Formula One further said that as a 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.
For the unversed souls, the Losail International Circuit is in a small town named Lusail, which is north of Doha, Qatar. The race track was built by only 1,000 constructors and it was inaugurated in 2004. In the inaugural year, a MotoGP race was held at the Losail which was won by SeteGibernau. Moving on to the features of the track, there are 16 turns and there is a long one kilometre stretch which will be used as the DRS zone.
For Formula One, 57 laps will be raced at the Losail and F1 cars are expected to hit an average speed of 237 kilometres per hour. Not to forget, F1 teams are likely to face more tyre degradation because there are too many turns on the track because of which tyres will wear out quickly. Last but not least, the Losail International circuit is 5.380 kilometres in length.