Date: 13-15 November 2020
Place: Intercity İstanbul Park-Tuzla, Istanbul/Turkey
- 13 November 2020, Practice 1: 11:00 - 12:30; Practice 2: 15:00 - 16:30
- 14 November 2020: Practice 3: 12:00 - 13:00, Sorting Tours: 15:00 - 16:00
- 15 November 2020: Race 13:10 - 15:10
Turkey's Intercity Istanbul Park will host a Grand Prix for the first time since 2011 this year, after Formula 1 announced four more races have been added to the 2020 calendar. The Turkish Grand Prix will be run on 13-15 November, 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. Formula 1 also confirmed that the Chinese Grand Prix, which was initially postponed earlier this year, will now not be run in 2020, bringing the current race total to 17 for the season. The Turkish Grand Prix is back for the 2020 season after a nine-year absence from the calendar and, amid massive excitement about the return to Istanbul Park. Most of the teams will have some Friday data for Istanbul Park. Trouble is, it will be from May 6 2011, which is the last time F1 held a Friday practice at the venue. That will be of very little use to the teams operating high-down force, V6 turbo-hybrid F1 cars (rather than naturally-aspirated V8s, as they were in 2011) at the track in November- when average temperatures in Istanbul are around 10 degrees cooler than May - and could mean the race weekend throws up a few surprises depending on who can get up to speed quickest. Then there are the drivers. Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel are the only ones to have raced F1 machinery around the venue – with Vettel, Raikkonen and Hamilton all one-time winners here – giving them a leg up on the competition, and meaning the youngsters will have to catch up on their SIM racing rigs at home.
No one wanted the corona virus pandemic but we find ourselves heading to another fantastic venue to watch Formula 1 cars race, which nobody could have predicted 12 months ago. A statement from Formula 1 said: "We can confirm that a number of races in the revised 2020 season will be open to a limited number of fans, including hospitality, and we are working with each promoter to finalize the details. While we want to see as many fans as possible return as soon as it is safe to do so, our priority remains the safety of the Formula 1 community and the communities we visit, and we review fan access on this basis. Due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to maintain close dialogue with all promoters and local authorities to ensure we operate in the safest way possible and monitor each national situation closely – including travel restrictions and local health procedures." The organizers of this year's returning Turkish Grand Prix are hopeful of a 100,000 crowd for the mid-November event at Istanbul Park. Formula 1 management has placed great importance on being able to hold a safe event for the fans, with the support of the public institutions. They plan to host 100,000 people by applying the highest level of measures. In a bid to attract such a high crowd, tickets are to be priced at 30 Turkish liras (€ 3, 50) per day for certain points of the track. By paying only 90 lira [for the three days], fans will experience both the excitement of Formula 1 and other surprises prepared for the participants. Tickets are already on sale on Biletix from Tuesday, September 15 at 12.00, and will be available for sale in a 3-day combined price ranging from 90 lira to 1900 lira in the first 24 hours, and then between 120 lira and 2.750 lira.
No wonder all Formula 1 fans are so excited for the return of the Turkish Grand Prix and look forward to it!
Intercity İstanbul Park, Akfırat, Göçbeyli Bv No:1, 34959 Tuzla, İstanbul/Turkey
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