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GP Week : Issue 216
F1 >>> BUsinEss By Caroline reid Bernie ecclestone has revealed that the possibility of a Grand Prix in Qatar is “looking up.” The race was first reported in the Independent last year but it soon came to light that the organisers of the rival Grands Prix in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain have a veto over it. In December ecclestone said “I have got a bit of a problem which nobody knows about really but I’m sure they soon will. When I went to Bahrain I made a deal and they said ‘since we are going to be something new in this area, which we are, give us a guarantee that you will not put another race on in the Gulf.’ I said ‘yes’. Typical ecclestone handshake deal with the Crown Prince. “Then we wanted a race in Abu Dhabi and I explained to them the position I was in and said ‘you had better ask the people in Bahrain. If they are happy, I’m happy.’ so they got together and that’s what happened. Then this other race has been proposed and I put the people together and said ‘can you sort this out between you?’ They haven’t managed to do it.” However, progress seems to have been made since then as ecclestone says “It is looking up. Qatar want to do something if they can.” A Grand Prix in Qatar would build up the sporting legacy in the tiny Gulf state which controversially won the right to stage the 2022 World Cup. Qatar gP "looking up" says Ecclestone ... MotoGP has visited Qatar for several years now. 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: