Istanbul Park 440

Istanbul Park

The Hermann Tilke-designed Istanbul Park was opened in 2005 and held the Turkish Grand Prix for the next seven years.

Country
Turkey
Location
Akfirat, Istanbul
Co-ordinates
40.952266, 29.406099
Latest Race
First Race

The Hermann Tilke-designed Istanbul Park was opened in 2005 and held the Turkish Grand Prix for the next seven years. Built on undulating land on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, it is an anticlockwise modern facility with tarmac run-off areas and 155,000 capacity. Unfortunately, with traffic chaos outside, many of those ticket holders were still queuing to enter the car parks as the inaugural GP was coming to an end. The highlight was undoubtedly the bumpy, sweeping Turn 8 that tested even the best. Felipe Massa won the Turkish GP for three years in a row (2006-08) and Lewis Hamilton came to prominence here by storming through the GP2 field to finish second in 2006. Hamilton won the Turkish GP in 2010 after the dominant Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber crashed into each other. It was a replacement race that filled the rearrange Formula 1 calendar following the coronavirus crisis of 2020 and 2021.

Circuit

2005

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.317 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren MP4/20-Mercedes-Benz), 1m24.770, 140.866 mph, F1, 2005

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W12 E Performance), 1m22.868, 144.100 mph, F1, 2021

Latest Races

3,226

Championships

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18,371

Results

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17,670

Drivers

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11,109

Teams

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877

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