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Istanbul, Turkey

  • Circuit type Race
  • Circuit Length 5.338kms
  • Circuit Turns 14
  • Circuit Direction anti-clockwise
  • Capacity 130,000
  • Established 2005
  • Designer Hermann Tilke
Istanbul Park circuit diagram
Records and Statistics
Race Date Winner
First race Turkish Grand Prix August 21, 2005 Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) full results
Last race Turkish Grand Prix May 8, 2011 Sebastian Vettel (GER) full results
Total races 7

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Circuit Info

One of a batch a modern-day circuits designed by Hermann Tilke, Istanbul Park is a high speed track where F1 cars can reach speeds of over 205mph. Until is was axed in 2012. Istanbul was one of only four current F1 circuits that runs anti-clockwise, the others being Singapore, Brazil and the new track in Abu Dhabi.

Although the circuit does not feature Tilke's trademark long straight followed by a hairpin to encourage overtaking there are still numerous opportunities throughout the lap. The most challenging corner on the track is the multi-apex turn eight where drivers experience a load of 5G.

The circuit offers excellent spectator facilities with a capacity of 130,000 people, but after a good first year, attendances plummeted . Local interest was never more than lukewarm, and prohibitive costs dissuaded those that followed the sport, while the hoped-for influx of visitors never materialised. After several years of speculation over the race's future, Bernie Ecclestone quietly pulled the plug at the end of 2011.

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