Qatar moves closer to Formula 1 race

By on Wednesday, July 1, 2015
GP2 Media Service

GP2 Media Service

Qatar's Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) says the country is edging closer to hosting a Formula 1 race in the near future.

Qatar has held a MotoGP race since 2004 and earlier this year plans regarding a Formula 1 race in the nation were made public.

QMMF President Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah says that only final details need to be agreed with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

"Recently, we were very close to signing an agreement to host an F1 race," he told Doha Stadium Plus.

"The entire project is ready. But some things didn’t work out and we need to show a little more patience. All we need is a few more meetings with Bernie Ecclestone. We need a little more time, but we’ve the solution.

"Either we can use the existing circuit or else we’ll go for a new facility in Losail City. We’ve a lot of projects coming up and we’re ready for anything. We want to build a strong motorsport culture in the region.

"I hope Qatar becomes the hub of the sport in the Middle East. We’ve been hosting MotoGP since 2004 and also the World Superbikes Championship. This year, we’ll also have one round of the World Touring Car Championship at Losail."


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