F1 Qatar Grand Prix: Where does this weekend’s Formula 1 race take place?
Max Verstappen is on the cusp of clinching the 2023 Formula 1 championship as he heads to the upcoming Qatar Grand Prix The Red Bull driver needs just three points to secure his third consecutive title, a feat he can potentially achieve during the Sprint race scheduled for Saturday.Red Bull Racing has already secured the Constructors’ Championship, showcasing their dominance this season.
Where does this weekend’s Formula 1 race take place?
The Losail International Circuit, located near Doha, Qatar, plays host to the Qatar Grand Prix, marking the return of Qatar to the F1 calendar after a one-year absence.
The circuit has undergone significant upgrades since its last F1 appearance in 2021. With a track length of 5.419 km and a notable 1.068 km long main straight, the circuit is designed to deter sand encroachment with artificial grass surrounding it.
Built in record time, the circuit opened in 2004 and has hosted various motorsport events, including MotoGP and World Superbike Championship races.
It gained international recognition for its night races, with the first-ever night race in MotoGP history taking place in 2008. Recently, the circuit underwent renovations and capacity enhancements, increasing its seating capacity from 8,000 to 52,000 spectators ahead of the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix.
Verstappen‘s path to championship glory heavily relies on the Sprint race, but he also has the Grand Prix itself as a backup opportunity should he miss out during the Sprint event. The Red Bull driver’s commanding performance in the Japanese Grand Prix has set the stage for what could be his triumphant moment.