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Turkey 2010 - Race information - Istanbul plays host to the next round of the F1 championship

Published by Mr. C

F1 heads to Turkey this weekend, to the Istanbul Park race circuit, where teams and drivers will contest the 7th round of this years World Championship. The venue has a seating capacity of over 155,000 people, but the sport will likely only attract a very limited number of paying fans during the course of the weekend.


The weather

Hot, dry and sunny is the outlook for this weekend in Turkey. There may be some cloud cover come Sunday, when the ambient temperature is expected to be around 33 degrees Celsius. Don't go hoping for any rain.

Turkey weather

The circuit

Istanbul Park is about one thing and that's the undramatically named Turn 8. The four apexed, 4.5G, left hander appears to get bumpier with each passing year, but remains a firm favourite amongst F1 drivers. The cars run anti-clockwise around the circuit, for the first time this year.

Circuit Information
LocationIstanbul Park
TimezoneGMT +3
First Race2005
Total Grand Prix5
Length5.338 km
Circuit Records
Pole Position1m 26.797sKimi Räikkönen (McLaren)2005
Fastest Lap1m 24.770sJuan Pablo Montoya (McLaren)2005
Race Time1hr 24m 34.454sKimi Räikkönen (McLaren)2005
Istanbul Park Circuit Map
Istanbul Park Circuit MapCredit: Bridgestone Corporation

Event schedule

An F1 weekend comprises of events spanning three days. Action begins on Friday and ends on Sunday.

Event Schedule
DaySessionStart Time (GMT +0100)Start Time (Local)
FridayFree Practice 108:0010:00
Free Practice 212:0014:00
SaturdayFree Practice 309:0011:00
SundayDrivers Parade11:3013:30
The Race13:0015:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2, GP3 and Porsche GT3 Cup.

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (GMT +0100)Time (Local)Attendees
Thursday13:0015:00Rubens Barrichello
Karun Chandhok
Michael Schumacher
Jarno Trulli
Mark Webber
Friday14:0016:00Ross Brawn
Stefano Domenicali
Adam Parr
Franz Tost
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Following live

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