Istanbul returns to Formula One calendar

In the latest Formula One 2021 calendar news, the Turkish Grand Prix has been confirmed as the 16th round of the season.

It will replace the Singapore Grand Prix, which was cancelled earlier on this year.

The 5.3 kilometre Istanbul Park held the 14th race of 2020, in a race which saw Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton pick up his record-equaling seventh world championship.

Lewis Hamilton won his seventh championship in Istanbul last year – Courtesy of Wolfgang Wilhelm

Originally drafted in to replace the Canadian Grand Prix, Turkey was shortly-thereafter removed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was replaced by a double-header in Austria, the first of which is being completed this weekend.

It is yet to be confirmed whether spectators will be permitted to attend the race.

Eight Formula One Grands Prix have been contested at Istanbul in F1, with the first seven held between 2005 and 2011. Following Sebastian Vettel’s win in the early part of the last decade, Istanbul was dropped from the Formula One calendar. Felipe Massa remains the most successful driver in Turkey, winning three in a row between 2006 and 2008.

Felipe Massa’s three wins make him the most successful driver in the history of the Turkish Grand Prix – Courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari Media

The race will be held at the start of October, as part of a triple-header sandwiched between the Russian and the Japanese Grands Prix.

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