The F-1 stage on the Lusail track will run from November 19 to 23, replacing the Australian Grand Prix in the calendar, which was canceled for the second year in a row due to a coronavirus pandemic.
Qatar has additionally signed a ten-year contract to run the competition in the country, starting in 2023, possibly with a change of venue. In 2022, F-1 competitions in the country will not take place due to the World Cup in football.
“Qatar was keen to be a useful F-1, and a longer-term partnership was also discussed in the process, with the parties agreeing to ten years of cooperation,” the F-1 statement said.
“This is a very special day for Qatari motorsport and the ambitions of our nation as a host of major sporting events,” added Almanai Abdulrahmans, president of the QatM Automobile and Motorsports Federation (QMMF).
The inclusion of Qatar in the calendar means the end of the 2021 season with three stages in the Middle East, with the first Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia on December 5 after the race in Lusail on December 5 and the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi in the UAE on December 12.
This season, a record number of races were originally planned (23), but at the end of August it became clear that the planned stage would not take place in Japan. For this reason, 22 F-1 stages will be completed this season.