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Formula 1 Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 kicks off

Sports Doha 12 Oct 23
Formula 1 Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 kicks off
Formula 1 Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 kicks off in style as Verstappen grabs pole.
Event Location
Qatar, Qatar
Start Time
12 October 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 October 2023, 12:00 AM

The much-awaited Formula 1 race weekend has kicked off at Lusail International Circuit, returning back to Qatar two years after its 2021 launch.

The qualifiers will consist of (Free Practice 1) FP1 ahead of the Sprint Shootout and the 100KM dash on Saturday, with the ultimate race taking place on Sunday.

Points will be awarded to the top eight finishers, with P1 getting eight points and P8 picking up one.

The Lusail International Circuit's remodelling has left an unforgettable mark on attendees and participants. The rework encompasses all facilities of the circuit, marrying state-of-the-art facilities with premium functionality. It promises a peerless experience for teams, drivers, and spectators alike. Officials of the circuit proudly announced a sell-out of attendance tickets, predicting an electrifying atmosphere for the weekend's contests.

The inaugural day was characterized by a free practice session and the crucial Qualifying Session for the final race scheduled for Sunday. Drivers were able to familiarize themselves with the circuit during the practice session. Their primary goal was to test the readiness of the cars, particularly under challenging weather conditions marked by robust winds, necessitating strategic shifts to secure optimal outcomes. The session saw drivers push their limits, aiming for peak performances that would propel them to the Qualifying Session.

Fans were treated to a thrilling qualifying session, determining the pole positions for the Grand Prix. In a fiercely competitive setting, Max Verstappen clinched the fastest lap, securing the coveted top spot for Sunday's race.

The fan zone was a hive of activity, blending cultural and entertainment pursuits suitable for all age groups. Highlights included captivating visual narratives of Formula 1's journey in Qatar, mesmerizing LED Light shows, and immersive events echoing Qatar's rich heritage, best exemplified by the aromatic allure of Arabic coffee and displays of Oud and Bakhoor. Attendees tested their skills in an array of challenges, from the Batak Challenge and the Buzz Wire Game to RC Car Racing and Formula 1 simulators. The evening reached its peak with a captivating performance by the renowned Egyptian artist, Amr Diab.

On Saturday, fans await the inaugural "Sprint Race” hosted for the first time in Qatar and the Middle East. LIC joins Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, The United States, and Brazil in hosting “Sprint Race” this season. The "Sprint Shootout" qualifying round will determine the race's pole positions. This particular race commands global attention, potentially deciding the 2023 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship title. It promises attendees a spectacle of unmatched competitive fervour, velocity, and passion, marked by captivating showdowns between drivers.

Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix 2023

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