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Qatar joins F1 calendar amid controversy

Oct.1 Qatar has emerged as the official replacement for this year's axed Australian GP. But the deal, which had been expected, could actually be a long-term blow for the beleaguered Melbourne race, with Australia struggling amid a deep covid-related political crisis and facing an uncertain future on the calendar. Formula 1 has announced that the Losail circuit in Qatar won't just host a grand prix this year – but for ten more years after that starting in 2023. 'There was a strong will from Qatar to be helpful to F1, and in the course of this process, the vision for a longer partnership was discussed and agreed for 10 years,' a statement read. The news has upset Amnesty...
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