All you need to know about Qatar Airways Qatar F1 Grand Prix in October 2023

All you need to know about Qatar Airways Qatar F1 Grand Prix in October 2023

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By QLNews

Two years ago, Qatar’s Formula One fans had a dream-come-true moment when the Lusail International Circuit hosted its first-ever F1 race in November 2021.

Though the race did not happen in 2022 due to the country’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup, things will be back with a bang at Lusail when the circuit hosts the 18th race of the series from October 6 to October 8.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Qatar race in 2021, pushing Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen to the second spot, with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso finishing third.

2023 Race schedule

Friday, October 6

Free Practice - 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Qualifying - 8pm to 9pm

Saturday, October 7

Free Practice - 2pm to 2.30pm

Sprint Shootout - 4pm to 4.44pm

Sprint (19 Laps or 60 Mins) - 8.30pm to 9pm

Sunday, October 8

Race (57 laps or 120 minutes) - 8pm to 10pm

Tickets for Qatar F1 Grand Prix 2023

The Qatar GP Club announced the start of sales of early bird tickets on Wednesday, May 24. One should register for the Qatar GP Club before tickets can be purchased. You can Click here to register for the Qatar GP Club.

Once you have completed registration, you can choose from either a three-day or a single-day ticket. The early bird tickets are all priced at a 20% discount.

The tickets for the opening day, October 6, have been priced at a discounted rate of QR160. Children below 12 years of age will get free admittance. However, only a maximum of six children can accompany an adult purchasing a full ticket. To purchase a day ticket for Friday, October 6, click here.

The general admission tickets for Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, have been priced at QR400. There will be no children's tickets available on these dates.

To purchase tickets for Saturday, October 7, click here.

To purchase tickets for Sunday, October 8, click here.

The three-day tickets for Main Grandstand Zones A, B, C, D, E and F have been priced at a discounted rate of QR1,600. While a ticket for the North Grandstand will cost QR1,200, those for T2, T3 and T16 Grandstands have been priced at QR800 each. A general admission ticket for the three days will be QR480. All these early bird tickets can be purchased here

If you are looking to book a more luxurious F1 experience package, you can do so through Qatar Airways. You can create your own premium F1 package that includes flights, accommodation at one of Qatar's luxurious hotels, and race tickets. You can even attend exclusive events with the F1 drivers, do a walk-through of the pit lane and get a full guided tour of the track.

There are three packages on offer — Paddock Club (From $7,613), Main Grandstand (from $1,373) and T2 Grandstand (From $1,110).  All tickets via Qatar Airways can be booked by clicking on this link.

Purchasing F1 Paddock Club in Qatar tickets

The F1 Paddock Club in Qatar tickets (three days) lets you live the full F1 experience. First off, you will be seated directly above the pit lane where you will be able to observe all action from up close. You will have a direct view of both the start and finish line. You will get a chance to learn about the inner workings of an F1 team by getting close to the car and watching teams prep and plan for the next session.

You can interact closely with F1 drivers and legends and hear them speak about the sport you love the most. You will also get to experience a guided tour of the track. There will also be race simulators, live music, local cultural experiences and to top it all off, exceptional food and hospitality.

Each ticket for the F1 Paddock Club in Qatar costs €6194.89 and can be purchased here.

Purchasing ‘F1 Paddock Club in Qatar for Business’ tickets

The F1 Paddock Club in Qatar for Business will offer people the best in corporate hospitality. The three-day, curated program will let you inside the sport. 

It will be the perfect venue for your company to make deals and build relationships that last longer than the race weekend. On average, 90% of guests who attend Paddock Club are more likely to do business with their host.

You can make your email inquiries about ticket rates and availability here.

Sprint race

Fans of the sport will find this year’s race in Qatar even more appealing, thanks to Losail Circuit being chosen as one of the six venues for sprint races.

According to F1, the decision to have the sprint event at the six locations was made following research that calculated the most suitable tracks for overtaking opportunities, close racing, and high-speed sections. This will also ensure competitive on-track action for fans across all three days of the race weekend.

Location - Lusail International Circuit

The Lusail International Circuit, located on the outskirts of Doha, is quite interesting. It was built in preparation for hosting Qatar’s first MotoGP in 2004. The F1 GP was held for the first time in 2021 and the country has signed an additional 10-year deal to host the sport from 2023.

Designed primarily with motorcycle racing in mind, the 5.4km Lusail Circuit is a fast and flowing one where medium and high-speed corners predominate. Over 1km of the track’s total length is made up of the main straight, which provides plenty of overtaking opportunities into Turn 1.

The grandstand at the exit of Turn 10 gives fans the chance to watch the cars blasting through this dynamic section of the track, pitching right through the fast kink of Turn 9 and into the Turn 10 braking zone.

Teams and drivers

A total of 10 teams will vie for the top spot in the 2023-24 season. Each team will field two cars and drivers in each race. Here is a look at the teams and drivers.

Alpha Romeo

Valterri Bottas

Zhou Guanyu

 

Alpha Tauri

Yuki Tsunoda

Nyck de Vries

 

Alpine F1 Team 

Pierre Gasly

Esteban Ocon

 

Aston Martin

Fernando Alonso

Lance Stroll

 

Ferrari

Charles Leclerc

Carlos Sainz

 

Haas

Kevin Magnussen

Nico Hulkenberg

 

McLaren

Lando Norris

Oscar Piastri

 

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton

George Russell

 

Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen

Sergio Perez

 

Williams Racing

Alexander Albon

Logan Sargeant

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