Qatar has signed a 10-year deal with F1 to host a Grand Prix from 2023 onward. The Losail International Circuit hosted the first Qatar Grand Prix in November 2021, stepping in as a last-minute replacement to fill a gap in the calendar as other events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The track has undergone significant construction since the initial event, including the creation of a new pit and paddock complex, the resurfacing of the circuit, and the addition of tunnels to improve access and parking for fans.
Amro Al-Hamad, CEO of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation and the Losail Circuit, stated that the upgraded F1 paddock is “state of the art” and includes 50 pit boxes, which is a larger number than any other circuit on the F1 calendar. He also noted that improvements have been made to the team buildings and spectator tunnels. Recognizing the need for tight organization, after the departmental experience gained during the World Cup, he expressed the priority of delivering an even higher caliber event and better security measures.
Although the Losail Circuit has benefited from significant upgrades, the option to move the Grand Prix to a street layout in Doha has not been completely ruled out. According to Al-Hamad, it was an idea that was already being explored, and he has indicated they are open to any ideas to improve the event further. However, the option of constructing a permanent state-of-the-art circuit, with opportunities for maximum spectacle for the Qatari fans, seems more feasible.