Tag Archive: Istanbul.

Oct 26

Ferrari Racing Days comes to an end in Turkey

The second of the Coppa Shell races was won by Jacques Duyver (Motor Piacenza).

Ferrari Racing Days Turkey This was the last day of the Ferrari Racing Days at the Istanbul circuit, featuring the penultimate round of the European Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. Daniele Di Amato (Motor Piacenza) came out on top in race 2 in the Pro category, while Alessandro Vezzoni (Rossocorsa-Pellin Racing) won the Am class. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 25

Ferrari Racing Days in Istanbul, Ferrari Challenge at the heart of the action.

It’s a special weekend

Ferrari Racing Days in Istanbul, Ferrari Challeng Today saw the start of the Ferrari Racing Days event in Istanbul, along with the penultimate European round of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, making its maiden appearance at Turkey’s Istanbul Park circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 11

Hansen leads World RX drivers in Istanbul

Albatec makes father-son history in World RX of Turkey

World RX - Istanbul - Timmy Hansen Timmy Hansen has established an early lead at the World RX of Turkey, the penultimate round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, being staged at the Istanbul Intercity Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 07

Mateschitz also eyeing Nurburgring rescue – reports

“The bids must all be placed by September”

GP3 - Nurburgring, GermanyTwo more candidates have emerged as potential buyers of the embattled Nurburgring. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17

Ferrari joins Lotus in tyre tweak criticism

Ferrari has joined Lotus in criticising Pirelli’s mid-season tyre tweak.

2013-05-12 - Scuderia Ferrari - Spain - Fernando Alonso 04Following early-season criticism, culminating in the furore after Barcelona recently, Pirelli announced it is making key changes to its controversial 2013 tyres for next month’s Canadian grand prix and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 12

2013 calendar could drop to 19 races – Ecclestone

It is likely F1’s 2013 calendar will drop from 20 to 19 races, Bernie Ecclestone has told an Austrian newspaper.

Flagworld - F12012-06-07_0277It has been rumoured the F1 chief executive was being urged by Red Bull, the owners of the former A1-Ring, to revive the Austrian grand prix. F1 chief executive Ecclestone has already reserved a twentieth race date on the 2013 calendar, in the wake of New Jersey’s demise. 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 06

F1 reserves 2013 date for another European race

7th race in Canada, June 9th, 10th race TBA

Flagworld - F12012-06-07_0273A new date on F1’s 2013 calendar has been reserved for “another European” grand prix, the FIA revealed after its Istanbul meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 18

Wurz helped Tilke design Austin layout

Alex Wurz had a hand in the layout of the new Circuit of the Americas, which has lauded by formula one drivers this weekend.

2012-11-17_00022012-11-17_0013Wurz, now 38 and a sports car driver, contested 69 grands prix between 1997 and 2007, finishing on the podium three times. The Austrian now works as a ‘driver coach’ at Williams, serving alongside his friend and countryman Toto Wolff, the British team’s new shareholder and director. 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 03

Ecclestone eyes Turkey GP circuit tender – report

Bernie Ecclestone is interested in securing the former Turkish grand prix venue in Istanbul, the Hurriyet daily reports.

2012-06-10_04392011-05-07 - Team Lotus - Turkey - Heikki Kovalainen 04The newspaper said a tender is scheduled to take place next Wednesday. The Istanbul Park circuit hosted formula one races between 2005 and 2011, and although poorly attended the Hermann Tilke-penned layout was lauded particularly for its challenging quadruple-apex turn 8. 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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Nov 04

Pirelli to reward top two GP3 graduates racing in the Abu Dhabi 2011 GP2 Final

At the Yas Marina Circuit during the same weekend as the Formula One Grand Prix

2011-11-04 - Pirelli - An enhanced version of Pirelli's P Zero GP2 hard compound tyre was used during the GP2 post-season tests.Pirelli logoPirelli, the sole tyre supplier to the GP2 and GP3 Series, will bring its P Zero GP2 medium tyres to the 2011 GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi, a stand-alone event held at the Yas Marina Circuit during the same weekend as the Formula One Grand Prix (11-13 November). On this occasion, the Italian tyre manufacturer will reward the two top GP3 graduates competing against the GP2 regulars with a cash prize.

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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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Sep 27

Ecclestone not ruling out Turkey return – report

Bernie Ecclestone has not ruled out reinstating the Turkish grand prix on future formula one calendars, a local newspaper reports this week.

2011-06-09_0303Istanbulpark.pngWe reported this week that the Istanbul circuit, the scene of seven grands prix since 2005 but not on next year’s schedule, is on standby in the event Bahrain needs to be cancelled again. And the Turkish Hurriyet daily reports that F1 chief executive Ecclestone “has expressed hope that F1 management will agree with Turkish authorities to hold the races in the country again”.

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Sep 01

FIA releases arduous final calendar for 2012

F1’s governing body on Wednesday published a re-jigged final calendar for the 2012 season.

2011-06-09_00062011-06-12The unprecedented 20-race schedule begins with back-to-back races in Australia and Malaysia, with the next two grands prix also taking place on consecutive weekends. The final leg of the opening ‘flyaway’ season is Bahrain in late April, despite earlier provisional calendars giving the island Kingdom either a March or November date.

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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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May 18

Teams to debut new hard tyre in Spain – Pirelli

Teams will race on a different hard compound tyre in Spain this weekend.

2011-05-07 - Pirelli -Turkey - Pirelli factory 52011-05-07 - Pirelli -Turkey - Pirelli factory 1They tested the evolution of the compound during Friday practice in Turkey nearly two weeks ago, after its private test debuts at Istanbul and Barcelona, with it designed to degrade less severely by providing less grip. Read the rest of this entry »

May 12

Turkey matched record for most overtaking moves

It brings the 2011 tally past 200 overtakes in four races

Istanbulpark.pngThe Turkish grand prix last weekend set a new record for the most overtaking moves during a single formula one race. It was already known that the Istanbul Park race broke the previous record for the most number of pitstops. Read the rest of this entry »

May 12

Ferrari returning to Vairano for Barcelona upgrade

Test driver Jules Bianchi will run up and down the Vairano straight

2011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Felipe Massa 7Jules Bianchi  2011-04-02Ferrari is preparing to return to the long straight of the Vairano circuit to test the latest upgrades for the team’s improving 2011 car. After a disappointing start to the season, Fernando Alonso secured the 150 Italia car’s first podium in Turkey and more upgrades will be brought to the Circuit de Catalunya in a week. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

Schumacher ‘a fighter’ not a quitter – manager Kehm

“The guys should all know Michael better than that.”

2011-04-16- Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - China - Michael Schumacher 052011-05-07 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Turkey - Michael Schumacher 02Michael Schumacher’s reaction to his poor race in Turkey last weekend showed he is a fighter, not a quitter, his manager Sabine Kehm has insisted. Following the 42-year-old’s admission that “the big joy is not there right now” after a fraught run in Istanbul, many commentators predicted the time is nigh for German Schumacher to return to retirement. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10

Press rounds on Schumacher after ‘no joy’ in Turkey

“It hurts to see Schumacher in this state”.

2011-05-07 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Turkey - Michael Schumacher 052011-05-07 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Turkey - Michael Schumacher 01The world’s press is running wild with Michael Schumacher’s statement that he is getting “no joy” out of his formula one career at present. “The big joy is not there right now, except some action, that’s about it,” the 42-year-old German told television reporters after his fraught race in Turkey. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

Vettel crash provides front wing flex clue – report

Red Bull’s Easter KERS fix worked – drivers

2011-05-07 - Red Bull Racing - Turkey - Mark Webber 82011-05-07 - Red Bull Racing - Turkey - Sebastian Vettel 1According to one F1 correspondent, Sebastian Vettel’s slippery slide into the wall on Friday revealed a hidden secret of his dominant Red Bull car. The team’s rivals are yet to uncover the mystery of how the RB7 passes the ever-stricter flexibility tests whilst the front wing still so obviously bends towards the track. Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

Sims cruises to Istanbul win

Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims won a lights-to-flag victory from pole position at Istanbul Park today.

GP3 - Status Grand Prix - Alexander SimsGP3 - Status Grand Prix - Alexander Sims 2In what was an action packed race full of overtaking maneuvers, Alexander Sims made the perfect getaway and kept a cool head to build up a comfortable lead during the 16-lap race. Sims’ teammate Antonio Felix Da Costa stormed off the line from fourth and made up two spots to take second from RSC Mucke Motorsport’s Michael Christensen. MW Arden’s Mitch Evans slotted into fourth ahead of Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas.  Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

Mercedes using flexible wing in Turkey – report

Fernando Alonso said he is happy Ferrari took a step forward at Istanbul.

2011-05-07 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Turkey - Michael Schumacher 042011-05-07 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Turkey - Fernando Alonso 5The secret of Mercedes’ speed in Turkey is a Red Bull-style flexible front wing, according to one authoritative publication. Team boss Ross Brawn said he was surprised with Nico Rosberg’s top-three qualifying speed on Saturday “Because we haven’t made any dramatic changes to the car” since China. Read the rest of this entry »

May 07

Melker seals first victory in Istanbul

A faultless driver form Nigel Melker earned him his first GP3 Series victory at Istanbul Park today.

GP3 - RSC Mucke Motorsport - Nigel MelkerGP3 - RSC Mucke Motorsport - Nigel Melker 2Poleman Tom Dillmann got bogged down at the start of the race leaving Tech 1 Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli and RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Melker to pass off the line. The Frenchman managed to hang on to third despite Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas’s best efforts to spoil Dillmann’s start even further. It was at the end of lap 1 that Melker then made his move to take the lead, and seal his first GP3 Series victory. Read the rest of this entry »

May 06

Vettel misses second session after morning crash

Sebastian Vettel lost the entire day of running after crashing in the rain in Turkey on Friday morning.

2011-04-16 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 82011-04-19 - Red Bull Racing - China - Sebastian Vettel 01The championship leader’s Red Bull sustained serious damage when he hit the wall after losing control at Istanbul’s famous Turn 8. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Nazionale Piloti vs. Turkey All Stars

Between Nazionale Piloti and Turkey All Stars a lot of goals for charity.

Nazionale Piloti2011-05-04 - Sebastian Vettel5 vs 6. This is the result of the match of the 30th season for Nazionale Piloti held on the evening of May 4, 2011 at Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium of Istanbul. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Derek Warwick to be steward in Turkey

Derek Warwick will make his third appearance as an FIA steward this weekend in Turkey.

Derek WarwickThe 56-year-old British veteran of 146 grands prix fulfilled the role last year in Spain and Hungary. Working alongside Warwick and experienced Swedish steward Lars Osterlind in Istanbul is 25-year-old female steward Silvia Bellot, a Spanish graduate of the FIA’s trainee steward programme.

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