The last time F1 stopped in Turkey was 2011. Istanbul Park is an extremely technical track that has given rise to beautiful races, both in F1 and in MotoGP.
The F1 2020 calendar continues to be supplemented bit by bit. With the arrival of Imola, Portimao and the Nürburgring, the number of races is now at a total of 13. Now Turkey also seems to show interest in a place on the revised calendar.
On the website of the Turkish government there is a page with announced projects, including a heading with the will to organize another Formula 1 race. “The Presidential auspices of the Turkish Republic continues to work to organize an F1 race”, can be found on the site.
Turkey was allowed to organize a Grand Prix at Istanbul Park from 2005 until 2011. A circuit that was a favourite with both drivers and fans. Especially the mega fast corner 8 is spectacular.
Felipe Massa won most of the races in Turkey. He managed to win three editions of the race between 2006 and 2008. The last winner we saw in Turkey was Sebastian Vettel.
The country’s government has announced that under the “presidential auspices of the Republic of Turkey, the Istanbul Park race circuit continues to work for inclusion on the Formula 1 race calendar for 2020”.
F1 is hoping its eventual calendar adds up to 18 races, even though the sport admits that travelling to the US, Brazil and Mexico is not possible “due to the fluid nature of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic”.
“The cancellation was not surprising for us, but we cannot accept the reasons for it,” Brazilian GP promoter Tamas Rohonyi is quoted by Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.
Even the forthcoming Spanish GP is under a cloud, with the population in nearby Barcelona currently suffering through a resurgence of the virus.
Italy, though, will host no fewer than three grands prix – at Monza as usual, but also at Ferrari-owned Mugello and the former San Marino GP venue Imola.
“It is a great satisfaction,” said Angelo Sticchi Damiani, president of Italy’s national motorsport authority Aci.
“The world is now realising that Italy is the only country in the world with three circuits approved for Formula 1, thanks to years of great passion for this sport,” he told Rai radio.
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|Anniversary GP||9 Aug|
|10h00 - 11h30||Free practice 1|
|14h00 - 15h30||Free practice 2|
|11h00 - 12h00||Free practice 3|
|14h00 - 15h00||Qualification|
|14h10 - 16h10||Race|