The upgrade work required by Formula 1 for the Losail circuit that will host the Qatar GP in November are almost complete.
Michael Masi, F1 race director, had carried out an inspection on the track that usually hosts MotoGP at night: after the Hungarian GP and before the summer break he had been in Losail with Steve Nielsen, sporting director of the FOM, when negotiations to organize a competition were still in progress.
Although the Qatari track is approved by the FIA with a Grade 1 license and was the scene of a GP2 Asia event in 2009, Masi’s inspection outlined the interventions that had to be made to adapt the system to the latest safety requirements. .
The interventions concerned the new access lane to the pit lane and the adaptation of some curbs and barriers.
“Access to the pits – said Masi – has changed a lot compared to that covered by the bikes at the beginning of the season. That work has already been almost completed. The design of the lane is very different from that approved by the MotoGP and the FIM: the organizers of the GP had to make interventions in a very short period of time “.
Masi and Nielsen will return to Losail next week, before continuing to Austin: “They assured us that almost all the works have been completed – explained Masi – and the important thing was that the track maintained the safety requirements of the bikes. , such as Tecpro barriers. A series of double curbs were installed. Obviously the track maintains its motorcycling matrix, but sausages have been introduced to the rope of the curves to avoid cuts and numerous barriers have been relocated ”.
The body of the pits has not changed …
“There is more than enough. There are about 40 garages and while we were there, they had already finished another 10. And, therefore, with 50 garages in the pit lane there is more than enough space ”.
New buildings have also been built that will house hospitality in the paddock, but these constructions are beyond the inspection of the FIA.