Date printed: October 19 2020
Vural Ak, boss of Istanbul Park’s operator Intercity, hopes the Turkish GP will keep on the Method 1 calendar beneath a long-term deal.
With the worldwide pandemic forcing Method 1 to revamp their calendar for 2020, the Turkish Grand Prix was certainly one of a number of occasions to be added to the schedule which weren’t a part of the unique one.
The Turkish GP will happen from November 13-15, marking the primary time since 2011 that Method 1 has visited Istanbul Park.
However following the occasion Ak hopes to take a seat down with Method 1 bosses and focus on the prospect of the Turkish GP turning into an everyday fixture of the calendar once more.
“Our objective is to signal a long-term settlement subsequent 12 months and be a part of the calendar completely,” he informed the Each day Sabah, as quoted by Wheels24.co.za.
“It wants clearly to be carried out with a sustainable financial mannequin.”
Method 1 hope to return to a near-normal schedule for 2021, and a ‘leaked’ provisional calendar confirmed 22 races with Bahrain taking on as season-opener, whereas the Dutch and Vietnam GPs are additionally set to debut after being cancelled for 2020.
The Saudi Arabia Grand Prix can also be in line to switch the Brazilian Grand Prix.
However Ak has his eyes on the races within the Americas, Mexico and Brazil if it stays, saying the severity of the virus may drive these occasions to overlook one other 12 months and open the door for Istanbul.
“If we full this 12 months’s race very efficiently, we may have the chance to take a seat down instantly after the race and discuss 2021 and past,” he defined.
“We have no idea which nations within the Americas and Asia will have the ability to return, however in the intervening time America, Mexico and Brazil are in very dangerous form with the illness.”
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The Turkish GP it was hoped could be contested in entrance of 100,000 followers, nevertheless it has been confirmed that the occasion should happen behind closed doorways.
“In fact we have been upset. We had deliberate an excellent occasion atmosphere and the viewers would have made an important contribution to the ambiance,” Ak admitted.
“We had document ticket gross sales in a really brief time period, and the drivers like the problem of our circuit. That’s why they wished us on the calendar, additionally due to Turkey’s efficiency in the course of the pandemic.”
The Turkish Grand Prix will likely be spherical 14 of 17 within the 2020 Method 1 season.