BREAKING NEWS | F1 | Turkey Returns In New 17 Race Calendar

Formula One management have confirmed the mighty Istanbul Park Circuit is set to return to Formula One action this November 15th, as the sport confirms four new races for the revised 2020 schedule.
  • Turkey back on the calendar following nine year absence.
  • Bahrain to host double header event.
  • Abu Dhabi confirmed as season finale.

The Formula One schedule is finally complete, and against all expectations Grand Prix racing is set to host a revised 17 race calendar in 2020 following confirmation that Bahrain has been approved as a double header event at the end of November / start of December, and Abu Dhabi will host the season finale on December 13th.

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Without doubt the biggest news from the announcement is the surprise return of the Turkish Grand Prix, as Formula One returns to the Istanbul Park venue for the first time since 2011 - bringing back a much loved and well regarded circuit to the Formula One World Championship.

The Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park was designed and developed by regular Formula One track designer Herman Tilke back in 2005, and hosted Formula One racing for seven years up to the conclusion of the 2011 Formula One season. Known for its unique anticlockwise direction and the dramatic triple apex left hander at turn 8, the track has always proved to be a popular location for the drivers and teams - with former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone labelling the venue as "the best race track in the world".

A statement from Formula 1 said: "We can confirm that Turkey, Bahrain (hosting two races), and Abu Dhabi will be part of the revised season and want to express our thanks to the hard work of all our promoters and partners in making this 17-race season possible.

The Turkish Grand Prix is set to play host to Formula One racing on the weekend of November 13th-15th as round 14 of the FIA Formula One World Championship.


14November 13-15FORMULA 1 DHL TURKISH GRAND PRIX 2020
15November 27-29FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2020
16December 4-6FORMULA 1 ROLEX SAKHIR GRAND PRIX 2020 (Bahrain)
17December 11 - 13FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2020

This latest announcement finally dashes the hopes of Jerez making a return to Grand Prix racing this year, the Spanish venue has been making noises recently about their hopes to find a place on the Grand Prix schedule for the first time since 1997, however despite being very much a top tier circuit from a racing perspective, it looks like one of the more underrated tracks in motorsport will have to miss out from the 2020 racing party.


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Omer Said

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Istanbul is usually cold and probably rainy in late November. That triple header final would be intense with a close title battle.
 

RufGTI

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Istanbul, another great track our immenesly busy friends at Codemasters unfortunately won't be able to bring to F1 2020.
But don't be mad at them, they have to find a new buyer for Slightly Mad Studios!
 
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The setting for one of Lewis Hamilton’s greatest pre-F1 races. I always liked this circuit.
 

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Hypocrisy is a wonderful thing. People at Liberty Media vow to stand against racism and all that stuff while at the same time -in this case, quite literally- getting in bed with governments that to this day still deprive women, people of different skin tones, people of different sexual orientations and overall (or otherwise) dissidents of basic human rights, let alone equal human rights.

Yay, a race will be held at a Tilke creation that is not a complete and utter abortion of a circuit.

Want to take bets that their local dictator will be the sole spectator (along with his security staff) attending the event for his own private amusement, while elsewhere in Turkey (and especially close to a certain border) there's a certain group of people being oppressed and treated like animals destined to the slaughterhouse.
 

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Due to covid 19 there will not be spectators. I don't think many showed up for past events. The country is politically unstable so it is not a place where someone would go for vacation. And the locals have little interest. The Pirelli tire is manufactured there and that is it. One of many tracks where closed door racing is coumoun. Like India, thet track was good but got little revenue because less spectators means less money. I hate to say it but i think some of the great tracks will be lost due to covid 19 and lack of money.
 

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you have to feel for the drivers necks this year with Mugello, Nürburgring and now Istanbul.
 

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I wonder who will win, in Hamilton's absence? Clearly, there's no way he could agree to race in a country with such an appalling record on human rights :rolleyes:
Haha, well since he already has a win on that track he doesn't need that record. And he will have secured title with 4 races to spare, he will have option to say he doesn't want to race (or to make some simple excuse) without actually losing anything. :roflmao:
That is very good question, although you probably mean who will finish 2nd... Because Max will probably win without Hamilton there. But most likely it will be 1 race signing for Vettel and easy win. :roflmao: