100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Khalil Beschir
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Khalil Beschir

Industry: Sport

Designation: Racing driver

Country: Lebanon

Country of origin: @khalilracing

Age: 32

Khalil Beschir is one of the Arab world’s most famous racing drivers. Although he never made it to the hallowed status of the Formula One paddock, the Lebanese hotshot was the first Arab to race in a single-seater world championship. Between 2005 and 2008, he raced for A1 Team Lebanon in the now-defunct A1 Grand Prix Series. In 2009, he was reportedly testing for F1 teams, although a deal never came about. Beschir began his racing career in karting, before making the move into Formula Three. Since retiring from the sport, he has been working as a commentator and pundit for BeIN Sports.