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F1 considering Losail circuit for pre-season test

Apr 23, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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Formula One is considering holding a pre-season test at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar next year according to Autosport.

A test in the Middle East is being considered after low temperatures during this year’s pre-seasons tests in Spain meant little meaningful running could be completed.

Although the Jerez circuit in southern Spain usually sees warmer conditions the abrasiveness of the track surface is far beyond what F1 sees at circuits on the racing schedule, making it less useful for testing.

Among the other possibilities under consideration are a test at Bahrain ahead of a season-opening race at the track, or a test at the Yas Marina circuit which hosts the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The major disadvantages of testing further away from the teams’ European bases is the added expense and the increased difficulty of sending out spare parts at short notice.

Losail has never hosted an F1 test or race before but is of suitably high standard to do so.

Few drivers on the grid today have experience of Losail. Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Giedo van der Garde do, having participated in a GP2 Asia round at the track in 2009. Hulkenberg and Perez won the two races.

Losail has appeared on the Moto GP calendar since 2004 and has hosted the season-opening race every year since 2007.

Losail International Circuit aerial map:

  1. tifosi73 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    How about more in season testing? Teams should be able to develop their cars and get rookies more time in the cars during the warmer months.

    • apexassassin - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:28 AM

      Didn’t they just approve an extra set of tires for the first 30 mins of FP1 for exactly that?

  2. apexassassin - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    I personally don’t see why they would use a track the teams have no prior experience with though testing at circuits with decent weather only makes sense.

    Hope this is the start of a logical and modern F1 schedule. Two 3 week breaks in 5 races is just silly and the August break should be sent into antiquity where it belongs.

  3. mcmillang2013 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Apex, I agree. You mean to tell me that you couldn’t fit Singapore, or Korea into these 3 week breaks? Granted, I’m not too sure of the climate this time of year in Korea.

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