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A Turkish businessman seeks to secure a return for F1 after taking control of the Istanbul Park circuit

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December 03, 2012 12:36 PM
Last Edited 319 days ago

In my opinion, definitely one of the best of the modern circuits.

Please explain to me, can a circuit owner set his own entrance fees, or, are these rates set/overseen by Bernie?

The often cited reasons for Turkey's poor attendance are: distance from Istanbul and too high entrance fees. Well one of these can be addressed, and should be.


December 03, 2012 2:16 PM
Last Edited 356 days ago


To be perfectly honest, I don't know how such a large complex could be any closer to Istanbul. Site selection/location is actually one of 'pros' of Istanbul Park, it's just under an hour's ride even with my 125cc commuter ( I do reside in the Asian side however).

Relative poor attendance have always been about ticket prices here. They've been cheaper than all European venues, but the Turkish working class simply does not make nearly as much as their European counterparts. At the last race, the tickets were really affordable (35 euros for general admittance IIRC) and the grass area round turn 3 where I was at was more than 80 percent full. Attendance at race day was probably around 50k. I think it should be more than that though.

shaken - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 2:00 AM

The monies Bernie (Ecclestone) is looking for would buy a lot of bread for the poor of this country. There is nothing in it for Turkey and the 'Businessman' ought to spend his time and money elsewhere.

Moral choices - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 3:12 AM

I agree with Shaken.

Some of the countries F1 go to should have the millions directed to the masses instead.

If there is high poverty then it seems wrong for the F1 circus to go there.

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