F1 » Turkey 'ready to do everything' to keep F1 in Istanbul

The Turkish sports minister is keen to meet with Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive Bernie Ecclestone in a last-ditch attempt to retain Istanbul's slot on the annual F1 calendar

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August 05, 2011 7:18 PM
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No, he has given up the lease, and that's one of the reasons he's kicking the race out.


As much as it hurts, you've spoken the truth. There are hell of a lot of F1 followers in Turkey, but they aren't familiar with the base of the sport (karting, lesser formulas etc.) so they don't go to the track to watch the race ! That's not the sole root reason for low attendance, but definitely a major factor. I think as time goes by, interest in motorsport will build from the ground up in Turkey. Ironically, Ecclestone's high demands for hiring the track for local racing (to not to 'damage the track surface' he says) has not helped things. Only recently (after the end of Mr. E's lease) was the track opened to local racing in the form of motorcycle racing. Atm moment it's having trouble attracting 500 or so spectators(lol), but it'll be better I hope !


August 05, 2011 7:19 PM


I don't *think* that'd be quite possbile, but you're welcome to come watch it over here. I have a friend who just opened one of his rooms in his house for couchsurfers, just so you know :)

me - Unregistered

August 07, 2011 3:14 PM

they should stop whining and pay, hungary is paying the bills and is a country with a lot less financial potential then turkey, but i guess i easier to whine and get things cheaper, this if "ready to do everything" is real and not just cheap talks

EmRe - Unregistered

August 10, 2011 4:55 PM

Bernie is asking 26 million dollars, that is not feasible for Turkey at all. Russian agreed to pay this amount. He may go and try his luck there.

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