Qatar pushing for F1 testing with aim to host grand prix

Oct.22 (GMM) Qatar is pushing to become Formula One’s newest host nation and the third Gulf country to host a grand prix.

The Losail circuit, built in 2004 and located just outside the capital Doha, already stages a night race for MotoGP.

The president of Qatar’s motor racing federation, Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, has revealed that Losail is bidding “to get the license which would allow us to host F1 teams for pre-season testing and other activities.

“F1 race director Charlie Whiting was here to inspect the Losail circuit,” he said. “He was impressed with what he saw.”

The AFP news agency quoted Al Attiyah as saying pre-season testing for the 2013 season, and ‘eventually a grand prix’, is Qatar’s goal.

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