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PostSubject: The Turkish Grand Prix   Wed May 07, 2008 5:52 am

The Turkish Grand Prix - presentation and time table



Istanbul
Race Date: 11 May 2008
Number of Laps: 58
Circuit Length: 5.338 km
Race Distance: 309.396 km
Lap Record: 1:24.770 - JP Montoya (2005)

Turkey made its debut on the Formula One calendar in 2005 with an all-new purpose-built circuit in Istanbul. The spectacular 5.378 kilometre track was designed by famed German architect Hermann Tilke, the man behind Sepang, Bahrain and Shanghai, and features 14 turns - eight lefts and six rights - with the cars reaching speeds of up to 330 km/h.

An unusual feature of the venue is that the lap runs anti-clockwise, making the Turkish Grand Prix one of only two races on the calendar to do so ( Brazil being the other). It possesses a wide variety of corners - including the notorious multi-apex Turn Eight - and while perhaps not as technical as, say, Shanghai, it definitely provides the drivers with real challenge.

The character of the circuit is further enhanced by plenty of gradients - the track is built on four different ground levels. There may be fewer obvious overtaking opportunities than at some other Tilke circuits - it doesn't feature the long straights followed by tight hairpins that characterise the likes of Sepang and Shanghai - but the potential for a driver under pressure to make a mistake here means no shortage of passing.

As you'd expect from a new venue, spectator facilities are impressive - organisers knew they had to rival the very high standards set by Bahrain and China. Seating capacity is around 130,000, with 25,000 of those in the main grandstand, and parking is available for 12,000 cars. Dominating the circuit's skyline are two seven-floor VIP towers at either end of the paddock.

CIRCUIT HISTORY

1. 2005 K Raikkonen – McLaren Mercedes
2. 2006 F Massa – Ferrari
3. 2007 F Massa – Ferrari



F1 TIMETABLE


Fri 09 May 2008

Friday Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
Friday Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30

Sat 10 May 2008

Saturday Practice 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying 14:00

Sun 11 May 2008

Race 15:00


A lap on the Istambul circuit


FORZZA FERRARI !!

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