Formula 1 returns back to istanbul park
The Formula 1 race track “Istanbul Park”, which was completed in 2005, is located on the Asian side about 80 kilometers east of Istanbul’s old town. The 5.338-kilometer circuit has a total of 14 corners and offers a varied range of hills. This topographical potential was used to develop a demanding race track with many highlights for drivers and spectators. Characteristic for the circuit are the frequent left-right curve combinations: The stringing together of several alternately aligned curves to form a coherent combination with up to five vertices guarantees a challenging driving experience. The curves can be driven through at a high speed of up to 200 km/h. The track’s top speed of 326 km/h is reached on a long straight between turns 11 and 12.
From 2005 to 2011, the Istanbul Park Racetrack was an integral part of the Formula 1 racing calendar. Since then it has been used for several touring car races, MotoGP races, the FIA World Rallycross Championships and in 2013 for the World Superbikes. On November 15, 2020, the circuit will host the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix for the first time since 2005.
The 2.1 square kilometer race track area has a spectator capacity of up to 155,000 visitors. The main grandstand located opposite the pit building has 25,000 covered seats. The VIP towers at both ends of the pit lane can accommodate an additional 5,000 spectators. These seats are connected to the VIP area. The remaining 125,000 spectators can be seated on temporarily erected grandstands around the track.