Qatar closes on deal to join Formula 1 calendar

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Qatar is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Bernie Ecclestone which will see it join the Formula 1 calendar in the next two years.

The organisers of the event have faced a major stumbling block in the form of Bahrain, which currently holds the right to veto the addition of any other races in the Gulf region, a throwback to when it first join the F1 calendar in 2004.

However, according to Nasser bin Khalifa al-Attiyah, head of Qatar’s motorsport federation and the vice-president of the FIA, a deal to host a race is now close to being agreed.

“We are about to sign contracts to organise a Formula One race,” he told AFP.

“We have completed all the steps and there are only a few details before the official signature.”

The race is expected to be held around the streets of the new city of Lusail, the named host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup football final, rather than the current Losail circuit which has hosted MotoGP since 2004.

This article first appeared on Richland F1

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