Turkey could host a Formula 1 GP during this 2020 season, in order to run a total of 17 races, and in this way respecting what Chase Carey said months ago about being able to have at least 15 GPs despite the Cornavirus epidemic.
The Turkey GP should be placed in November, where Formula 1 is trying to fill a gap before the final three races of the season in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. Jerez was considered as well, but the Spanish track is no longer of interest for the Great Circus.
The dates are not official yet, but the Turkey GP should be scheduled for November 15, immediately after Imola.
Not many of the drivers that run today in Formula 1 have raced in Turkey before. The only ones are Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez, while Romain Grosjean and Valtteri Bottas competed here in minor leagues.
Many drivers however spoke about the possibility to have a Turkish event during this season.
“It would be mega,” said Romain Grosjean, who raced there in GP2. “I think it would be bloody awesome. It’s such a cool track. I really enjoy going there and racing. Turn 8 is a good one for the neck, so I think it would be very fast”.
“Turkey is a fantastic circuit, if it comes to the calendar, awesome”, said as well Esteban Ocon. “Old school circuit, something I was watching on TV when I was younger. The massive left hander, flat out, is going to be pretty impressive".
“It looks really cool, I’m excited”, said Alex Albon. “Liberty and F1 are doing an amazing job choosing these kind of circuits. I don’t know if it’s coincidence, or if they’re just choosing them because they’re the ones that are open to races".
“It’s going to be a proper circuit. Mugello, Imola, Turkey, we’re going to some of the best circuits in the world. I’m all for it. I think that quadruple left hander will be easy flat in these cars”.
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