Tag Archive: Turkey

Nov 21

Departing Webber not ready for ‘red wine’ with Vettel

“Looking back I’m pretty proud of myself”

2013-10-13 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber - 99001Mark Webber is not ready to spill the beans on the intriguing story of his “f***ing intense” title battle with Sebastian Vettel in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 09

2013 calendar finally taking shape

The shape of the 2013 calendar continues to become clearer.

2012-11-15_0006Flagworld - F1The signs grow ever stronger that the Nurburgring will host the German grand prix, while the scheduled 20-race calendar will dwindle to just 19 rounds this year as bids by Austria and Turkey falter. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 09

Ecclestone rules out Austria for 2013

Austria and Turkey will not be on F1′s 2013 calendar, while the Nurburgring looks set to host this year’s German grand prix.

2012-06-07_0277Nurburgring logo“It should be the Nurburgring, we will try to make it possible,” Bernie Ecclestone is quoted by the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung. Media reports said meetings between the financially embattled German circuit’s officials and the F1 chief executive will take place imminently in London. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 19

FIA feared F1 to be too slow in 2014 – report

With the 2014 rules, the FIA is reportedly aiming to slow down the F1 cars by no more than five seconds per lap.

Flagworld - FIAFlagworld - F1F1′s governing body backtracked on aerodynamic changes for the 2014 season because of fears the next generation of cars would be too slow. After the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting in Turkey, the FIA announced that scheduled bodywork rule changes for 2014 to reduce downforce have been replaced by “2012 specification”. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 10

Vettel, Raikkonen, break the rules in Turkey

“I don’t follow the rules” – Raikkonen

2012-11-17_00382012-02-05 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen - 01Sebastian Vettel almost missed the FIA’s end-of-season FIA prize giving gala, where he received his trophy for winning the 2012 title for a third consecutive time. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 07

Austria steps up as Turkey’s 2013 hopes fade

As Turkey’s hopes fade, it looks increasingly possible that Austria will return to the F1 calendar in 2013.

Red Bull Ring logo2011-05-07 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Turkey - Jerome DAmbrosio 6This week, at Bernie Ecclestone’s request, the FIA reserved a date for an unidentified additional European race next year. Istanbul Park’s new operator Vural Ak then announced he had reached an agreement “in principle” with the F1 chief executive, pending the Turkish government’s support. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 06

PM to decide Turkey’s F1 return on Friday

Turkey is set to return to the formula one calendar, the government-linked Turkish news agency Anadolu Ajansi reported on Thursday.

2012-11-15_0008The report said “everything except the price” has been agreed between Turkish officials and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. The news follows the FIA’s announcement on Wednesday that a twentieth race date for an unidentified additional European event has been set aside for mid 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 01

F1 could return to Turkey

Moves are afoot to revive the defunct Turkish grand prix.

2011-05-07 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Turkey - Sebastien Buemi 62011-05-07 - Team Lotus - Turkey - Heikki Kovalainen 04Formula one raced at the Hermann Tilke-penned Istanbul Park – featuring the famous four-apex Turn 8 corner – between 2005 and 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 15

Austin like Suzuka, Silverstone, Turkey, Hockenheim

Austin layout a “a roller-coaster ride, with everything at high speed”.

Austin, Texas Formula 1 race track 1Circuit of the AmericasAccording to the buzz in the brand-new Circuit of the Americas paddock, F1′s often-criticised circuit designer Hermann Tilke has penned a memorable layout for the sport’s American comeback. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 19

GP America moved to 2014

2013 calendar down to 19 as F1 loses New York

2011-06-26_0247Grand Prix of America logoGrand Prix of America at Port Imperial and Formula One announce inaugural race moved to 2014 due to Construction Issues.  Bernie Ecclestone on Friday confirmed reports the inaugural New York grand prix will not take place in 2013.

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Oct 06

‘Right time’ for Schu to finally quit – Ecclestone

Despite losing one of F1′s strongest brands, Bernie Ecclestone has backed Michael Schumacher’s decision to finally retire.

2012-06-07_03342012-06-07_0340“It is the right time for Michael to go,” the F1 chief executive is quoted by Express newspaper. The 81-year-old Briton was a big supporter of the great German’s return to F1, but at the tail-end of 2012 he admits: “There have been a few too many shunts and another one in practice today (at Suzuka on Friday).” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Ecclestone still doubts New Jersey race

Bernie Ecclestone has continued to cast doubt on the inaugural running of next year’s New York street race.

2011-06-26_02472012-06-10_0439With the F1 chief executive claiming organisers no longer have a valid contract, race officials have nonetheless expressed confidence the event will still take place as scheduled in mid 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 15

Turkey, Greece eye spots on F1 calendar

Turkey could return to the F1 calendar.

Between 2005 and last year, despite poor spectator attendance, drivers enjoyed the Hermann Tilke-designed Istanbul layout, featuring the unique quadruple-apex Turn 8.

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Mar 02

Tongues were wagging in the Barcelona paddock on Thursday when some drivers hit the Spanish circuit wearing odd-looking Pirelli tyres.

Hembery explains ‘blank’ Pirelli tyres in Spain

2011-10-09 - Pirelli - Japan - Paul Hembery 012011-11-13 - Pirelli - Abu Dhabi 11Some of the tyres, whose compounds are normally visibly differentiated with coloured branding, featured significantly different markings. The big rumour was that, now just two weeks before the start of the season in Australia, teams had requested the blank tyres in order to hide their test programmes from their rivals.

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Nov 03

Calendar uncertainty good for Turkey – report

This week’s events have raised the possibility Turkey could return to the F1 calendar next year.

2011-05-07 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Turkey - Jerome DAmbrosio 62011-05-07 - Marussia Virgin Racing - Turkey 4The race has been dropped from the 2012 calendar because the Istanbul organisers and Bernie Ecclestone could not agree to a revised sanctioning fee.

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Oct 28

F1 world adjusts to new surroundings in India

Stray dogs and Bob Marley in India

Horizontal tricolour flag bearing, from top to bottom, deep saffron, white, and green horizontal bands. In the centre of the white band is a navy-blue wheel with 24 spokes.The F1 world is continuing to adjust to its new surroundings in India. Bruno Senna revealed to O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper that he is carrying around in his pocket a bottle of disinfectant.

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Sep 26

Turkey on standby for 2012 Bahrain axe – report

Turkey is on standby should Bahrain not return to the formula one calendar next season.

Bahrain International CircuitIstanbulpark.pngLast year’s race in the island Kingdom was called off due to the civil unrest. But Bahrain’s troubles seem to be persisting still, with violence near the now-famous Pearl Square marking the parliamentary elections at the weekend.

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Sep 09

Vettel revives winning ‘smiley’ tradition

Every time Sebastian Vettel wins in 2011, he adds another smile to his collection.

Sebastian Vettel-Spa 2011Sebastian Vettel  pole SpaGermany’s Bild newspaper reports that there are seven small ‘smiley’ stickers aligned in a row inside the cockpit of the runaway championship leader’s Red Bull.

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Aug 05

Calendar could grow beyond 20 races – Ecclestone

Ecclestone admits new calendar to please Bahrain

Flagworld - F12011-06-09_0314Bernie Ecclestone has revealed the formula one calendar could expand beyond 20 races. Originally, the 2012 schedule featured an unprecedented 21 dates, but FIA president Jean Todt insisted the number would ultimately drop to 20 as agreed with the teams. Indeed, the latest version circulated in the Hungaroring paddock last weekend featured 20 races, with Turkey dropped.

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Aug 02

Turkey invites Ecclestone for 2012 race talks

Turkey has vowed to fight for its place on the formula one calendar.

2011-07-30 - HRT F1 Team - Hungary - Bernie Ecclestone 01

Türkiye Otomobil Sporları Federasyonu

The Istanbul round was provisionally included in the original 2012 calendar, but an amended version circulated in the Hungaroring paddock showed Turkey as missing.

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