Turkish Grand Prix could return to the F1 calendar next season, according to the Istanbul Park track manager who had a meeting with the new executive director of Formula 1 Chase Carey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Chase Carey at the presidential palace in Ankara on Tuesday, according to Autosport, while the track operator Vural Ak, head of the Turkish motorsport body Serkan Yazici, Minister of Sport and Youth Akif Cagatay Kilic and spokesman Ibrahim Kalin were also present.
After dinner where motorsport journalist were present, Ak said that the ‘deal was reached’, but has not yet been completed.
“All I can say at this point is that the meeting went very well and in principle we agree though a contract has not yet been signed.”
Akif bought an 11-year lease on Istanbul Park in 2012 whose construction in 2004 cost 250 million US dollars while the track remained in the F1 calendar between 2005 and 2011.
Ecclestone wanted as much as 26 million dollars for the first year of potential 2013 return but the wasn’t completed, but it seems that this great track could return in 2018.
Malaysian Grand Prix terminated their contract a year earlier and won’t be in 2018 F1 calendar. If Turkish GP returns in 2018. it will be 22nd race in that year.
The track in Istanbul is best known for quadruple left turn 8 with a triple winner Felipe Massa at Ferrari was victorious in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The first race was won by Kimi Raikkonen in the McLaren MP4-20 and the fastest race in the history of this track was also held in that year (the average of 219,496 km/h). That year, Montoya drove the fastest lap ever on this track (1: 24,770) in the same car.