Turkish Grand Prix

The Turkish Grand Prix, first held in 2005, is part of the Formula One World Championship. The race takes place on the recently constructed Istanbul Park racetrack in Istanbul, and is one of only three grand prix raced in an anti-clockwise direction. Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone has singled out the Turkish Grand Prix as one of the finest in the World Championship.

Laps: 58
Lap Distance: 5.338km
Race Distance: 309.396km

Istanbul Park

Situated in Akfirat County near Istanbul, the Istanbul racing circuit has been described by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone as the best designed racetrack in the world. The fourteen-bend track was designed by track architect Hermann Tilke, who incorporated successful features of some of the world’s finest racetracks into the Istanbul Park layout.

Istanbul Park differs from the majority of Formula One racetracks in that the track adheres to the natural topography of the surrounding terrain, providing changes in altitude because of the hills, and challenging bends. The Istanbul racing circuit can accommodate up to 155,000 spectators.

Turkish Grand Prix History

Turkey was awarded its first Formula One grand prix event in 2005 after completion of the state of the art Istanbul Park racing facilities. The first race was won by Kimi Räikkönen, while Juan Pablo Montoya set a lap record which is yet to be broken.

Since then the Turkish Grand Prix has been dominated by the Ferrari team. Ferrari’s monopoly of the race in recent years has lent credence to Jarno Trulli’s comments that the Istanbul Park track layout benefits powerful cars rather than skillful drivers.

In 2006 the Turkish Grand Prix became embroiled in controversy after the winner’s trophy was awarded to Filipe Massa by the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. This sparked protests as the Turkish claim to Northern Cyprus is not internationally recognised, and the race organisers were eventually fined $5 million for breaking the FIA’s rules on political neutrality.

The Future of the Turkish Grand Prix

The future of the Turkish Grand Prix is in good hands, as Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone took over the management rights for the Istanbul Park facilities in 2007. Ecclestone has subsequently provided Turkish racing fans with assurances that the Turkish Grand Prix will remain part of the Formula One World Championship until at least 2015.

Ladbrokes £25 Free Bet

  • Join Ladbrokes promo code F25
  • Place a bet
  • Bet matched up to £25

Ladbrokes is a 4 star rated Sportsbook. You can read the Ladbrokes Review to learn why.

Formula One Rankings
Position Driver Pts
Back to top