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Formula One: Qatar set to host Formula One race

AFP , Sunday 8 Feb 2015
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Ferrari Formula One racing driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland drives his car during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain February 4, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Qatar is close to signing a contract to host a Formula One Grand Prix within the next two years, the president of the country's motor sport federation has told AFP.

Nasser bin Khalifa al-Attiyah, who is also the Vice- President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), said the race would be held in 2016 or 2017, adding to the growing list of high-profile international sporting events hosted by the tiny Gulf state.

"We are about to sign contracts to organise a Formula One race," he said. "We have completed all the steps and there are only a few details before the official signature."

Al-Attiyah added that Qatar would offer the choice of two circuits on which to race, either in Lusail which has already hosted Moto GP and World Superbike events, or a specially-designed street course through the capital Doha.

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