Turkey returns to the calendar replacing Singapore

The Turkish grand prix rejoins this year's greats in October, although it had previously resigned due to the situation of the pandemic.


The Turkish GP, which was initially going to replace the Canadian GP and which subsequently fell from it, enters the Formula 1 World Championship calendar again, according to the announcement this Friday by the championship organization.

Turkey will be held between October 1 and 3 at Istanbul Park, on the outskirts of Istanbul, the weekend initially planned for the Singapore GP, which he had to resign a few months ago, also for health reasons derived from the pandemic of covid-19 to organize the night race that is usually held in the Marina Bay street circuit.

The Turkish GP had been canceled earlier this year, due to international travel restrictions - mainly those linked to the United Kingdom, one of the key nations in F1-; although the promoters of the same had requested the re-entry in the calendar later if this were possible.

Turkey will thus host the eighteenth round of the World Championship and will be the second of another triptych (with races on three weekends in a row) that will start a weekend before -the last of September- with the Russian GP, in Sochi ; and will close a weekend later -the second of October- with the one in Japan, in Suzuka.

Italian Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, expressed his joy at Istanbul's return to the calendar. "We are delighted to return to Turkey to the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit. We look forward to seeing another fantastic race on one of the best tracks in the world," explained Domenicali in a statement released this Friday at the Red Bull Ring, site of the Grand Prix of Styria, the eighth of the World Cup.

Turkey, which had organized its last Grand Prix in 2011, returned to the calendar last year, at the Pandemic World Cup, with a race won by seven-time English world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), ahead of Mexican Sergio Pérez (now at Red Bull and that day at Racing Point), who finished second on November 15 at Istanbul Park.

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