Williams team boss Sir Frank Williams has revealed that he would like to see Qatar secure a place on the F1 calendar in the coming years.
Speaking to the Gulf Times
on a visit to the country, Williams said he felt the Losail circuit was worthy of a place on the calendar even though he admits that the current size of the calendar means it is unlikely that the schedule could be expanded enough to allow a race to take place.
Williams already has strong links with Qatar having invested in a technology centre in the country.
“I would love to see a race in Qatar because of our involvement here,” he said. “In my humble opinion, the Lusail circuit is admirably suited for an F1 race.
“I would love to see more races, but I don't think we could ever have more than 22 without compromising the preparations and driver safety.”
As well as suggesting that Qatar could join the F1 calendar, Williams also revealed that the team would throw its support behind the nation's bid to host the football World Cup in 2022, with a decision due to be taken in the coming weeks on which country has secured the event.
Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States are also in the running.
“Williams' future is now inextricably linked with Qatar,” Williams said. “Following our investment in the Williams Technology Centre at the Qatar Science & Technology Park, we feel it is important to support Qatar in its emergence as an international sporting destination and in their innovative and compelling bid to stage the 2022 World Cup.
“We also believe that it is right to bring the World Cup to the Middle East and Qatar certainly is capable of hosting a wonderful event.
“Holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will also create a long term legacy in the region on many different fronts.”