The Formula 1 season heads to Turkey this weekend, for the fourth race of the season at the Istanbul Park Circuit.
The Formula 1 season heads to Turkey this weekend, for the fourth race of the season at the Istanbul Park Circuit. Istanbul Park is one of five circuits in the F1 season to run anticlockwise, and is one of the most demanding circuits of the season.The Istanbul Park Circuit measures 5.338km in total, runs over four different ground levels and provides the longest turn of the season, that being turn 8 which is a quadruple-apex left-hander, and runs for a total of 640 metres. Turn 8 causes a combination of high speed and sustained load for roughly 8.5 seconds, this in turn causes exceptionally fast tyre wear, a peak G-force of 5g, and an average 3.5g on the driver. The Turkish Grand Prix was first raced in 2005, with Kimi Raikkonen the winner, followed by Felipe Massa winning the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Turkish Grand Prix, the 2009 race winner was Jenson Button, and the 2010 GP won by Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull and Mclaren are expected to dominate the Turkish GP, but with Ferrari making some aerodynamic changes, and Mercedes GP expected to be faster this weekend, only practice will tell if this will be a Red Bull and Mclaren battle like the first three races of the season. Also at the front of peoples minds will be the accident that happened last year, between Red Bull team mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, who were fighting each other for 1st place on lap 40, this incident caused Sebastian vettel to retire and Webber to third which which cost there team to lose 28 points to Mclaren.