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Intercity Istanbul Park is a motor racing circuit located in Tuzla, Turkey about 25 km southeast of Istanbul. It has hosted the all seven races of the Turkish Grand Prix from 2005 to 2011. After 2011, the circuit hosted no more Grands Prix[1] until 2020, when the circuit was announced to be the 14th round of the 2020 Formula One season.[2]

Circuit History[]

It was designed by Hermann Tilke. It was inaugurated on 21 August 2005. It has been called "the best race track in the world" by former Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone.


Turn 8 (nicknamed "Diabolica" by some in reference to Monza's Curva Parabolica) particularly caught the imagination.

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The corner is a fast, sweeping corner with four apexes, similar to one of the multi-apex sections of the old Nürburgring. Spectators and drivers alike raved about Turn 8, comparing it to legendary corners such as Eau Rouge and 130R. The circuit itself has already been compared to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Another notable corner is Turn 1, a sharp downhill left-hander immediately after the front straight. This corner has been nicknamed by some as the "Turkish Corkscrew" in reference to the famous Corkscrew at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Both the 2006 F1 and MotoGP races at the circuit featured multiple incidents at this corner. A third noteworthy area is the uphill kink in the middle of the back straight; due to its similarity to Eau Rouge, it has been jokingly referred to as "Faux Rouge". 

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Felipe Massa has an affinity with this circuit, with the Brazilian winning three of the seven Grands Prix held at Istanbul Park.

Formula 1 Races (2005-2011)[]

Last Turkish Grand Prix (2011)[]

The first Grand Prix of Turkey took place in 2005. Due to financial disagreement, the last Turkish Grand Prix took place in 2011, despite earlier agreements concerning Istanbul Park. 

Return in 2020[]

On 25 August 2020, it was announced that Istanbul Park would return for the 2020, after a nine-year absence.


Amidst a series of calendar changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 25 August 2020 it was confirmed that a race would be held at Istanbul Park for the 2020. The Grand Prix weekend will take place between 13-15 November 2020, with the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix due to take place on 15 November 2020.  

With four more races added to the 2020 season last minute, the Turkish Grand Prix will be run just before a back-to-back double header in Bahrain, with the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29 followed by the Sakhir Grand Prix on December 6. The season will conclude with Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which will take place at the Yas Marina Circuit on December 13.

According to the latest announcement, the grand prix is set to accept viewers and tickets will soon be on sale, of course this being in line with Covid-19 precautions and in the event of an increase in case numbers, this decision will be annulled.

Circuit Layout[]

The venue of the Turkish Grand Prix is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. It is adjacent to one of the two airports in Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and is surrounded by forests and fields.

The Istanbul Park racing circuit was one of only five circuits running anticlockwise in the 2011 Formula One season. The circuit is 5.338 km (3.317 mi) long, with an average width of 15 m (49 ft) ranging from 14 to 21.5 m (46 to 71 ft), and covers over 2.215 million square metres (547 acres).

With a total of 14 corners, the sharpest with a radius of merely 15 m (49 ft), the circuit runs over four different ground levels with a start/finish straight over 650 m (2,133 ft) in length. The total race distance of the Turkish Grand Prix is 309.356 km (192.225 mi) over 58 laps.

The track has capacity for approximately 125,000 spectators. The main grandstand has a seating capacity of 25,000 spectators, with natural ground stands and temporary stands allowing for around 100,000 more people. The paddock buildings are two-level structures; the ground floor reserved for racing teams, the upper floor serving as hospitality areas, with an additional viewing capacity of 5,000 seats. At each end of the paddock, there are two 7-story VIP towers.

Event history[]

The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Istanbul Park circuit:

Year Event Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
2005 Turkish Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2006 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
2007 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
2008 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
2009 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes Report
2010 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2011 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault Report
2012-2019: Not held
2020 Turkish Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
2021 Turkish Grand Prix Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes Report


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