Doha Stadium Plus publication believes that Qatar is set to replace the German GP due to their financial difficulties. It also confirmed the Qatar Sports Investment fund’s intentions to bid for the commercial rights to Formula One.
“Recently, we were very close to signing an agreement to host an F1 race. 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 (F1 supremo) Bernie Ecclestone. We need a little more time, but we’ve the solution,” says Al Attiyah, President of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF).
Qatar has ambitions to become the sporting hub of the Middle East and already has an FIA Grade 1T license for its circuit in Losail. The upgrades required to enable Losail to host an F1 GP weekend are reported to be minimal.
Al Attiyah also confirmed that plans were already in place to develop a street circuit at the Losail City, which is being built.
“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.
The QMMF has just extended its deal to host MotoGP until 2025 and this year will see the world touring car championships race in Losail.
Bernie Ecclestone previously revealed he could not agree a race in Qatar without the consent of Bahrain. This no longer appears to be an issue.
The F1 proposed calendar that was leaked following the move of the Australian GP forward two weeks is as follows.
- April 3: Australia (Albert Park)
- April 10: China (Shanghai)
- April 24: Bahrain (Sakhir)
- May 1: Russia (Sochi)
- May 15: Spain (Barcelona)
- May 29: Monaco (Monte Carlo)
- June 12: Canada (Montreal)
- June 26: Britain (Silverstone)
- July 3: Austria (Red Bull Ring)
- July 17: Europe (Baku)
- July 31: Germany (Hockenheim)
- August 7: Hungary (Hungaroring)
- August 28: Belgium (Spa)
- September 4: Italy (Monza)
- September 18: Singapore (Marina Bay)
- September 25: Malaysia (Sepang)
- October 9: Japan (Suzuka)
- October 23: USA (Austin)
- October 30: Mexico (Mexico City)
- November 13: Brazil (Interlagos)
- November 27: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
Qatar believes it will be included in the 2016 calendar, making a historic 22 races in a single Formula One season.