Qatar has recently signed a 10-year contract with F1 to host races beginning in 2023. This move was made after Qatar stepped in to fill a gap in the 2021 racing calendar caused by the cancellation of other events. However, the 2022 race was skipped to avoid a conflict with the FIFA World Cup.
The first F1 event in Qatar faced challenges due to the small pit garages designed for MotoGP and temporary hospitality facilities. The circuit has responded by constructing an all-new pit and paddock complex with additional tunnels and parking to improve access.
Amro Al-Hamad, CEO of the Qatar Automobile and Motorcycle Federation and the Losail Circuit, stated that the World Cup was over in 2022 and that Qatar would be the new World Cup for the next decade. The lessons learned during the World Cup would be utilized to provide improved management and safety measures for fans.
The construction work to upgrade the Losail International Circuit includes a new race management facility, media center, and larger pit garage. The pit box has been expanded to include 50 boxes, which is more than any other circuit on the F1 calendar.
The investment in upgrades suggests that a permanent venue is preferred, but relocation is also an option. While the Doha street layout grand prix has been considered, it is not confirmed news.
Overall, Qatar is committed to delivering an event of even higher quality than the World Cup and is eager to utilize the lessons learned to provide a superior experience for fans and teams alike.