F1 » Ecclestone: Turkey could return

Bernie Ecclestone backs Turkish Grand Prix - only snag is the fee, not to mention massive competition for a slot in the schedule...

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LJ - Unregistered

August 15, 2012 5:19 PM

I don't think they can do much more than they already doing in terms of races. There will have to be quite a few back to back races considering the sport is run 8/9 months of the year with a summer break if they goto 22,23,24 races.


August 15, 2012 6:03 PM

Although Istanbul Park was a fantastic circuit for F1, there was no demand for an F1 race amongst the Turkish population. The empty grandstands were embarrassing for F1. Bernie should focus on countries that actually want a race and which can certify at least half capacity attendances!

Liam48 - Unregistered

August 15, 2012 7:58 PM

I love te Istanbul circuit, out of the modern tracks designed by Tilke, I still think it's the best track and provides great racing, the only downside is the spectator attendance but that can only be expected as little Bernie decides to make ticket prices extortionate.

@F1George that's all great if it's circuits that provides good racing and has a kit if spectators, places like Bahrain & Korea are a joke, no one really turns up to the races and the only place to view the race from in Bahrain is the main grandstand. Tracks such as Paul Ricard, Red Bull Ring & New Dheli provide great racing and have good spectator attendance and 2 of them want to return to Formula 1.


August 15, 2012 8:55 PM
Last Edited 1269 days ago

In the absence of the gp, we are -at long last- having our domestic racing in Istanbul park. Not only that, it has also held a leg of the eastern european motorcycling championship multiple times. People from all around the Balkans love coming here to race at this circuit. Simply because there isn't one like Istanbul Park anywhere near in this region.

Thanks to Bernie for sacking the GP. We are at last enjoying our own circuit. It is absolutely crazy when you look back at all the fees that have been paid to him in past years. He can go leech on Greece if they're so eager to get fracked. I still do miss F1 cars rumbling round here, but somethings gotta give...


August 15, 2012 9:07 PM

Very interesting post Shrieker. One of the FIA's missions is to encourage the growth of motorsports in countries and it's interesting that it seems to be benefiting Turkey that the GP is gone, who would have guessed?


August 15, 2012 9:21 PM
Last Edited 1269 days ago

That's because the poison dwarf didn't allow any kind of domestic racing on the circuit whatsoever which was bizzare at best. It wasn't like he was going to have to spend a million pounds every year to maintain the track with domestic racing taking place. Yet, -as the leaseholder- he didn't allow it...

Mario - Unregistered

August 15, 2012 9:35 PM

Bernie Ecclestone should consider having F1 in Northern Cyprus lovely people, great weather and amazing landscape and it will help the Turkish Cypriots economically.

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