FIA Discusses Return of Beloved Grand Prix to F1 Calendar

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem discussed with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan the potential return of the Turkish Grand Prix to the Formula One calendar, highlighting the economic and cultural benefits for Turkey and the popularity of Istanbul Park among drivers.

Highlights

‣ FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem is in discussions with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan about potentially bringing the Turkish Grand Prix back to the Formula One calendar.

‣ The meeting took place in Marmaris, where the possibility of reintroducing both Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship to Turkey was explored.

‣ Istanbul Park, known for its modern facilities and popularity among drivers, along with the city of Istanbul, are highlighted as ideal hosts for the return of Formula 1.

‣ The economic and cultural benefits that hosting a Formula 1 race can bring to Turkey were acknowledged by President Erdogan, though no concrete plans have been announced yet.


Oh, the buzz is real! FIA’s head honcho, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, has been having a chinwag with none other than Turkey’s big guy, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And guess what? They’re mulling over bringing the Turkish Grand Prix back to the F1 scene. Imagine that!

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So, here’s the scoop. Ben Sulayem and Erdogan caught up in Marmaris, a spot by the sea, this past Sunday. The air was probably salty, the vibe? Definitely intriguing. They weren’t just there to soak up the sun, though. Nope. They had business to discuss. The big topic? The potential comeback of F1 and the World Rally Championship to Turkey. Motorsport.com spilled the beans on this one.

Ben Sulayem was all, “We talked about a bunch of stuff.” But the juicy bit? “The possibility of a return of Formula 1 and WRC to Turkey,” he said. He’s got a point, though. Istanbul Park? It’s a gem of a circuit. Drivers love it. And Istanbul? The city’s practically got its arms wide open, ready for the F1 circus to roll back into town.

And Erdogan? He’s not just nodding along. He gets it – the whole shebang. F1’s not just fast cars going vroom. It’s big bucks and culture, all wrapped in one. But concrete plans? Nada. Zilch. Still up in the air.

Let’s not forget, Turkey’s had its dance with F1 before. Istanbul Park was on the calendar from 2005 to 2011. Then, when the world went topsy-turvy with the pandemic, F1 made a comeback there in 2020 and 2021. Ah, memories.

So, what’s next? Who knows! But one thing’s for sure, the F1 world’s watching. And waiting. And maybe, just maybe, dreaming of Istanbul.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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