F1 has been exploring a variety of choices to bolster the second half of the season as the continued COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect a variety of races.
The Japanese Grand Prix grew to become the newest race to get cancelled final week, becoming a member of Canada, Singapore and Australia as occasions which have been formally scrapped.
F1 officers have been working to discover a alternative for the Australian Grand Prix that was initially scheduled for 21 November, with the slot remaining ‘TBA’ on the present calendar.
However plans at the moment are advancing for Qatar to fill the hole and host its first F1 grand prix in November, in line with a number of sources, that will act as a lift to the schedule and hopes to fulfil the deliberate 23-race season.
The Losail Worldwide Circuit holds an FIA Grade 1 licence required to stage F1 occasions, and has been a mainstay on the MotoGP calendar since 2004, serving because the venue for the opening two rounds of the season earlier this yr.
It has additionally staged World Superbike and World Touring Automobile Championship rounds, however has not hosted a high-profile single-seater occasion since 2009 when GP2 Asia raced at Losail. The circuit has full lighting that will enable for an evening race to happen, as seen with its MotoGP occasions.
Qatar’s attainable addition to the calendar might create a run of races within the Center East in direction of the tip of the yr, with Saudi Arabia (5 December) and Abu Dhabi (12 December) scheduled to shut out the season.
Questions stay over the races in Mexico and Brazil, given their UK pink listing standing, whereas Austin – which has been mooted for a attainable double-header in October – is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalisations.
The pink listing standing of nations hoping to host grands prix later within the yr would have a huge impact on journey preparations. Anybody returning to the UK – residence to seven of the 10 groups – from a pink listing nation is required to finish 10 days in authorities resort quarantine, no matter their vaccination standing.
The Turkish Grand Prix was moved from its unique date in June after being added to the pink listing, however F1 is thought to be exploring onward journey choices for the race at Istanbul Park deliberate for three October, with a last resolution thought to nonetheless be a number of weeks away.