Lusail International Circuit


Lusail International Circuit


  • 57 Laps
  • 2021 First Grand Prix
  • Qatar Grand Prix Grand Prix
  • 5.419km Circuit Length
  • 308.611 km Race Distance
  • 1:24.319 Max Verstappen (2023) Lap Record

The Lusail International Circuit, also known as the Losail International Circuit, is situated just outside Lusail City, north of Doha in Qatar.

This track extends over a distance of 5.419 km (approximately 3.367 miles), featuring a main straight measuring 1.068 km (0.664 miles). Due to the climate and to prevent sand from the surrounding desert from encroaching onto the track, the circuit is encircled by artificial grass.

Lusail International Circuit

First Grand Prix2021 Qatar Grand Prix
Number of Laps57
Circuit Length5.419km
Race Distance308.611 km
Lap Record1:24.319 Max Verstappen (2023)


When was the Lusail International Circuit built?

The Lusail International Circuit, situated on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar’s capital city, stands as a remarkable feat of engineering and design, specifically constructed to host Qatar’s inaugural MotoGP event in 2004. This circuit was completed in just over a year, a relatively short time frame for a project of its complexity and scale.

Covering an expansive area, the Lusail International Circuit was designed with versatility in mind, allowing it to host a range of motorsport events beyond MotoGP, including Formula One testing and superbike racing. Its layout was meticulously planned to meet the stringent standards for high-profile international racing events.

Featuring a blend of straight sections and challenging turns, the track offers a dynamic racing experience. It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including advanced lighting systems that enable night racing, adding an extra dimension of spectacle and challenge to the events held there.

In addition to its sporting significance, the Lusail International Circuit has played a role in boosting Qatar’s international profile and has been a key driver in the development of the local motorsports scene. It has attracted fans and racers from around the world.

When was the first Qatar Grand Prix?

The first Qatar Grand Prix at the Lusail International Circuit took place on the 21st of November, 2021.

The 2021 Formula One Grand Prix demonstrated Qatar’s capability to host more and more high-profile racing events, building on its experience from organising MotoGP races and other motorsport events and further establishing Qatar as a major sports destination.

Before the 2022 Grand Prix, significant upgrades were undertaken at the circuit. These renovations included enhancements to the existing facilities and a substantial expansion of the seating capacity, which was increased from 8,000 to 52,000.

In addition to the 2021 and 2022 races, Qatar secured its place in Formula One’s future with an ambitious 10-year deal that started in 2023. This long-term commitment underscores the country’s dedication to the sport and its intention to be a key player in the global racing calendar.

This agreement ensures that Qatar will be a regular fixture in the Formula One season, providing an opportunity to showcase its state-of-the-art facilities and the unique racing conditions offered by the Lusail International Circuit.

Lusail International Circuit lap record

The official lap record for the current F1 Grand Prix circuit layout is 1:24.319, set by Max Verstappen during the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix driving for Red Bull Racing.