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Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park “Otodrom”

The Istanbul Park, “Otodrom” circuit is home of the Turkish Grand Prix and one of the Drivers favorite circuits of the Formula One season.

Elevation change, sweeping curves, an anti-clockwise layout and a dramatic quadruple-apex bend “Turn 8” add up to make Otodrom a challenging fast circuit that rewards cars with the combination of high Straightline speed yet great handling and downforce, so that Turn 8 can be dispatched flat out.

CIRCUIT DATA

Length of lap: 3.319 Miles (5.338km)
Lap record: 1:24.770 (Juan-Pablo Montoya,2005,McLaren)
Number of Turns: 14 (6 RH, 8 LH)
Number of race laps: 58
Total race distance: 192.25 Miles (309.396km)
Pitlane speed limits: 60km/h during practice sessions; 100km/h during qualifying and race

Istanbul Park “Otodrom” Circuit Layout

Purpose built for Formula One by architect Hermann Tilke, Istanbul Park was completed in time to hold the first Turkish Grand Prix at the circuit in 2005, and subsequently every year since. It is one of four anti-clockwise circuits currently on the Formula One calendar along with Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, Interlagos, Brazil less known as Autódromo José Carlos Pace and the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore.

Located outside of Istanbul on the Asian side of the Bosphorus (Istanbul Strait) Istanbul Park was constructed in rolling lightly inhabited countryside. Tilke made maximum use of the terrain when designing the circuit, parts of which have been compared to many of the worlds great race tracks, Turn 1 at Intelagos, the infamous “Corkscrew” at Laguna Seca and the Eau Rouge corner at Spa-Francorchamps. Then there is turn 8, unique in all of Formula One this four apex flat out corner has been nicknamed Diabolica by some of the Racing Media an apt name for a very difficult but rewarding corner when everything comes together.

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