Qatar awarded its first EVER F1 Grand Prix as the Gulf State agrees a 10-YEAR deal from 2023 – but decision is slammed by Amnesty International, who urge drivers to ‘speak out’ about human rights issues

Formula One has confirmed that Qatar will host its inaugural Grand Prix on November 21. ‘Drivers and their teams should be prepared to speak out about human rights in Qatar in the lead-up to this race, doing their bit to break the spell of sportwashing and image-management.’. Qatar, who will be home to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, have been pushing to host a Grand Prix since 2015. Human rights groups have condemned the race with the country’s human rights record described by Amnesty International as ‘heinous’ back in November. I was a little disappointed that there would not be a second race.

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