Formula One boss Stefano Domenicali has revealed for the first time that negotiations have taken place at the first Qatar Grand Prix in November.
Domenicali also confirmed in an interview with PA news agency that the revised calendar presented to the team’s boss prior to Saturday’s Belgian Grand Prix qualifying will be reduced from 23 races to 22 races.
The deal for the round in Qatar, which will take place at Losail International Circuit, 20 miles from Doha, has not yet been finalized, but is said to be a front runner to fill the vacant slots left by the canceled person. Understood Australian Grand Prix..
With Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi maintaining their positions as the final rounds of the December 5 and December 12, respectively, this season will end in three races in the Middle East.
The second round in Bahrain is a fallback option if you are unable to complete your race contract in Qatar, the venue for next winter’s World Cup.
“Yes, that’s right, there was a discussion (about racing in Qatar),” Domenicali said.
“I’m wrong from my side, so I can’t confirm or deny anything at this stage.
“We need to find a solution to Australia’s cancellation. The calendar will be announced shortly, preferably before the end of this weekend.”
Domenicali said the Mexican and Brazilian Grand Prix will move forward despite the high number of Covid-19 cases, even though they are on the UK Government’s Red List.
The round has been postponed for a week on November 7th and 14th, and it is understood that Qatar is set to form the final race of the triple header on November 21st.
It will be possible F1 Forced quarantine on bosses to avoid the complexity of both Mexico and Brazil being on the Red List, and thousands of staff on seven UK-based teams.
The Japanese Grand Prix, which was originally scheduled for October 10th but was canceled last week, will not be replaced.
F1 boss still has hope at the Turkish Grand Prix in October Istanbul Park Go ahead, even though the country remains on the government’s Red List.
Domenicali added: “Realistically, we’re targeting 22 races, which is a huge success as we’ve never had that number in F1 so we shouldn’t forget it, especially in Covid’s year. Hmm.”
Expected revision 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
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