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Qatar hot on the scent of F1

2012-10-22 09:52

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - - Qatar is confident of getting a green light from Formula 1's governing body, the International Automobile Federation, to host testing and eventually a grand prix.

Qatar Motor and Motorcycling Federation president Nasser al-Attiyah told AFP on Sunday, October 21, 2012: "We're awaiting a positive outcome from the IAF to our request to host F1 testing."

'POSITIVE FEEDBACK'

He added: "An IAF delegation came to Doha to inspect the Losail circuit (motorcycling) and its amenities. There was positive feedback from the delegation especially as we have introduced the necessary adjustments to the circuit. I think we could get a green light in December 2012,  o we're preparing to welcome F1 testing in 2013.

"This is in our plans. We have great ambitions to host F1."

The Losail circuit, near Doha, has hosted a MotoGP race since 2004, the year Bahrain became the first Middle Eastern country to organise an F1 race, followed by Abu Dhabi in 2009.

The oil and gas-rich country will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the World Handball championships in 2015.