Qatar will host a Formula 1 race for the first time in November and for 10 years from 2023.

Qatar occupies the last slot left vacant on this year’s revamped schedule. The race will kick off in the spotlight at 6 p.m. local time on November 21 at the Losail International Circuit.

As the 20th of 22 races this season, it will be followed by the inaugural Saudi Arabian GP in Jeddah on December 5 and the Abu Dhabi GP, which ends on December 12.

“There was a strong desire from Qatar to be of use to F1, and during this process the vision of a longer partnership was discussed and accepted,” F1 said in a statement Thursday. “The vision of F1 as a showcase for Qatar after the (soccer) World Cup in 2022 has been the driving force.”

There won’t be a race in Qatar next year because of the World Cup, so the 10-year contract begins the following year.

The 5.4-kilometer (3.4-mile) circuit, which boasts 8,000 fans, is located north of Doha and has hosted the MotoGP series since 2004.

It is not yet clear whether Losail will continue to host F1 from 2023 as the circuit will need to be changed, so there is a strong possibility that another location will be chosen. F1 only said it was in discussion.

The cancellation of the Japanese GP scheduled for October 10 amid government concerns about coronaviruses has sparked changes.

The Turkish GP, initially scheduled for October 3, took the place of Japan.

Although the United States GP remains on October 24, the Mexican GP has moved from October 31 to November 7 and Brazil has moved from that date to November 14.

“We have shown that we can continue to adapt and there is a huge interest in our sport, and the hope of many places to have a Grand Prix,” said F1 president Stefano Domenicali. “The enormous effort of all the teams, F1 and the (governing body) of the FIA ​​has made it possible to deliver a calendar of 22 races, something very impressive in a difficult year.”

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