Who holds the Qatar lap time record? Which rider has had the most MotoGP wins at the track? And how many bulbs illuminate the circuit? Here’s Losail International Circuit in numbers!
Only one driver on the 2021 Formula 1 grid has previous experience at Losail International Circuit. That driver is Sergio Perez, who raced here in the GP2 Asia Series in 2009. The Mexican driver recorded podium results in both races, winning the Sprint Race. The Feature Race win was taken by former Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg.
MotoGP hosted two races at Losail International Circuit in 2021. The Qatar Grand Prix opened the season and was followed one week later by the one-off Doha Grand Prix. The races were won by Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo respectively.
The Qatar Grand Prix will be the third race on the Formula 1 calendar which is held entirely at night. The Singapore and Bahrain Grands Prix are also held under floodlights.
Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi share the record for most premier class MotoGP victories in Qatar. Stoner won the event in each year from 2007 to 2009 and took a fourth win at the track in 2011. Rossi won here in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2015.
Losail International Circuit is just under 5.4km in length.
While Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi share the record for most MotoGP wins here, Jorge Lorenzo holds the record for most overall wins at the track. In addition to his three MotoGP wins in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Lorenzo also won the 125cc class in 2004 and took victory in the 250cc races in 2006 and 2007.
The Qatar Grand Prix has joined the Formula 1 calendar on a 10-year deal. There will be no race in the country in 2022 due to Qatar hosting the World Cup – but the event will return at a yet to be named venue in 2023.
There are sixteen corners at Losail International Circuit, nine to the right and seven to the left.
500km of electrical wiring is used to keep Losail International Circuit illuminated.
This is the fastest lap time ever set at the circuit. This lap was set by Nico Hulkenberg in qualifying for Losail’s round of the GP2 Asia championship in 2009. It’s expected that this lap time will be bettered by around 13 seconds in qualifying for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.
The main straight at Losail International Circuit is just over a kilometre long. For that reason, Turn 1 is expected to be the best overtaking opportunity at the venue for F1 cars.
Losail International Circuit opened in 2004. MotoGP’s inaugural Qatar Grand Prix was the first major event to take place at the track.
MotoGP’s first ever night race took place at Losail International Circuit in 2008. MotoGP hosted its first night race just over six months before Formula 1’s first night race took place. Formula 1’s inaugural night race was the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, held at Marina Bay Street Circuit.
There are no fewer than 3,600 bulbs lighting the circuit for night racing.
The total grandstand capacity at Losail International Circuit is a modest 8,000. Race organisers are expecting a total attendance of up to 20,000 over the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix weekend.
Losail International Circuit cost $58 million to build. Construction work was carried out by over 1,000 workers.