F1 holding talks over proposed Grand Prix in Qatar as part of revised calendar
Formula One boss Stefano Domenicali has revealed for the primary time that talks have taken place over an inaugural Qatar Grand Prix in November.
In an interview with the PA information company, Domenicali additionally confirmed the revised calendar – which can be offered to crew bosses forward of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday – will drop from 23 races to 22.
Although a deal is but to be finalised for a spherical in Qatar – set to happen on the Losail International Circuit 20 miles exterior of Doha – it’s understood to be the entrance runner to fill the vacant slot left by the cancelled Australian Grand Prix.
With Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi protecting their spots as the concluding rounds of the marketing campaign on December 5 and December 12 respectively, it means the season is ready to finish with three races in the Middle East.
A second spherical in Bahrain is the fall-back choice if a deal to race in Qatar, the venue for subsequent winter’s World Cup, can’t be accomplished.
“Yes, it is correct, there have been talks (about a race in Qatar),” stated Domenicali. “I cannot confirm anything or deny anything at this stage because it would be wrong from my side.
“We must discover a answer for the Australian cancellation, and we’ll announce the calendar quickly, hopefully earlier than the top of this weekend.”
Domenicali said both the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix are in line to go ahead, despite both countries being on the UK Government’s red list due to the high number of Covid-19 cases.
It is known the rounds can be pushed again every week to November 7 and November 14, with Qatar set to type the ultimate race of a triple-header on November 21.
That permits F1 bosses to get across the problems of each Mexico and Brazil being on the crimson listing, and obligatory enforced quarantine for hundreds of employees of the seven UK primarily based groups.
The Japanese Grand Prix, initially deliberate for October 10 however cancelled final week, won’t get replaced.
F1 bosses are nonetheless hopeful October’s Turkish GP at Istanbul Park will go forward regardless of the nation remaining on the Government’s crimson listing.
Domenicali added: “Realistically speaking, we are targeting 22 races and that would be a huge success because that number has never happened before in Formula One, and we should not forget that, particularly in a year of Covid.”
Expected revised calendar
August 29 – Belgian Grand Prix
September 5 – Dutch Grand Prix
September 12 – Italian Grand Prix
September 26 – Russian Grand Prix
October 10 – Turkish Grand Prix
October 24 – US Grand Prix
November 7 – Mexican Grand Prix
November 14 – Brazilian Grand Prix
November 21 – Qatar/Bahrain Grand Prix
December 5 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
December 12 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix