Turkish Grand Prix 2020: Reports have surfaced Istanbul could be the latest addition to the 2020 F1 calendar in what would be a massive move.
The Formula One 2020 calendar is slowly and steadily taking shape. So far, 13 races, all in Europe, have been confirmed for the season. Out of which, three have been held at Austria and Hungary, with Mercedes winning them all.
Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola are the latest additions to the calendar. Nurburgring and Imola are marking a return to F1, while Portimao will make its debut this season.
Turkish Grand Prix 2020: Government gives thumbs up
Now, Turkey could be the next entrant on the list. This after the Turkish government admitted interest in getting Istanbul added to the calendar this season. The Istanbul Park last hosted a F1 race in 2011. This is what the announcement by the Turkish government read.
“Under the Presidential auspices of the Republic of Turkey, the Istanbul Park race circuit continues to work for inclusion on the Formula 1 race calendar for 2020”.
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— Onat Karabıçak (@Karabicak10) July 26, 2020
Formula One Boss Chase Carey has expressed confidence that more races will be added to the calendar. Turkey could be what F1 needs at the moment, taking the tally of races to 14 this season.
“We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalizing our plans for the 2020 season.” Carey said.
A return to Istanbul will be seen as a brilliant move for F1, as the calendar needs branching out, and Turkey presents a brilliant option, especially during times of the coronavirus
F1 2020 Season: Asia and Americas
This is even more significant considering the disappointment F1 has faced in other continents. Americas is a no-show, with USA, Canada, Brazil and Mexico all out of the picture this season.
As for Asia, China, Japan and Singapore are not going ahead, barring a last minute surprise. Formula One is working to get Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Vietnam and Malaysia to the calendar for the final leg of the season.
F1 is hopeful of adding 2-5 races more, and the Instanbul Park could provide the catalyst for that. The last race in this anti-clockwise circuit was won by then Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.