Qatar appears to have moved a step closer to hosting an F1 race, despite the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi events already having a firm on the schedule.
The chief of the Qatari ASN (QMMF) Nasser bin Khalifa al-Attiyah, a rally driver who has been the FIA Vice-President for sport in the Middle East since December 2013, says that a contract is about to be completed for a third race in the region. It had been thought that Bahrain would exercise its veto on an extra race being added.
“We are about to sign contracts to organise a Formula One race,” Al-Attiyah told agency AFP. “We have completed all the steps and there are only a few details before the official signature.”
He added that the race could be on the schedule as early as 2016, and that it was still not clear whether it would take place at the established Lusail MotoGP venue – he is its general manager – or on a new street track in capital Doha.
Qatar is already holding the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships.