The Turkish GP Preview


Formula 1 goes for Turkish delight as Istanbul Park makes its return to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time in 9 years. Istanbul Park, located on the Anatolian side of Turkey, will host the round 14 of this season. The circuit of length 5.338kms with 14 turns will be hosting its 8th Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Mercedes, having already wrapped up their Constructor’s Championship, will be looking to carry on the momentum, whereas Hamilton is set to secure his 7th World Driver’s Championship in Turkey. The midfield battle is poised to deliver a Turkish delight, as the third spot in both the championships is still wide open, and has the potential to go down the wire.

The track built by Herman Tilke has produced some memorable moments from Kimi Raikkonen’s win at the first-ever Turkish GP in 2005 to Sebastian Vettel’s win in 2011. It has also witnessed hattrick of pole positions and wins for Felipe Massa from 2006 to 2008, and who could forget the infamous collision between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in 2010. On top of it, the 2006 Turkish GP had produced one of the sensational scraps to the finish line when Fernando Alonso resisted the pressure from Micheal Schumacher to finish on 2nd place by only 0.081s ahead of the German.

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