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[9 May 2011 | 3 Comments | 1,987 views]
DRS, KERS and Pirelli

Once again in 2011, Formula One produced a veritable smorgasbord of overtaking during the Turkish Grand Prix. However, this time, it felt a bit artificial. For one thing, the race lacked on-track battles. When it is possible to quantify the number of passes, it is easy to get hung up on the lack of passing rather than the lack of ‘racing’ and in Turkey, for me, we addressed the former but not the latter…

Headline, Race Reaction, Turkish GP »

[8 May 2011 | 2 Comments | 1,195 views]
Vettel Romps to Victory in Istanbul

Formula One provided yet another feast of racing although race winner Sebastian Vettel saw little of it. The Red Bull driver comfortably led away from the start and was never troubled as team mate Mark Webber made it a Red Bull 1-2 with Fernando Alonso close behind him finally giving Ferrari something to smile about…

Headline, Qualifying, Turkish GP »

[7 May 2011 | 3 Comments | 942 views]
Viva Run Out of Vettel-Pole Headlines

Yet again the rest of the field were left in Sebastian Vettel’s wake as the Red Bull driver once again claimed his now traditional grid spot. Behind him, less predictably, Mark Webber made it an all-Red Bull front row while Nico Rosberg underlined Mercedes’ improvement by pipping Lewis Hamilton to third…

Headline, History, Turkish GP »

[4 May 2011 | 12 Comments | 5,099 views]
Eight Turn Eights

Istanbul’s Turn Eight: Brilliant corner, rubbish name. With that in mind, I went in search of some more of Formula One’s turn eights. Some are unexciting affairs, some are mere parts of larger complexes and some are similarly lumbered with the unimaginative moniker of Turn 8. However, there are some absolute gems and, in no particular order, I present my eight favourite turn 8s…

Grand Prix View, Headline, Race Preview, Turkish GP »

[3 May 2011 | No Comment | 1,107 views]
Preview – Turkish Grand Prix

Stop the press: Sebastian isn’t invincible! Yes, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton stopped Red Bull’s run of victories with the German having to settle for second place despite a dominant pole position. Which brings us to Round 4 and the Turkish Grand Prix, and possibly the last time Formula One visits this particular neck of the woods. Many fans will miss the challenging circuit but the real question is, will Turkey?

Grand Prix View, Race Preview, Turkish GP »

[3 May 2011 | 3 Comments | 1,945 views]
Track Notes – Istanbul

Built on undulating land, Istanbul Park features 14 challenging corners, many of which were inspired by other famous turns such as Interlagos’ Senna S, Suzuka’s Spoon Curve and Spa’s Eau Rouge. However, the highlight of the lap is Turn 8 – a tremendously fast, flat-out multiple-apex curve which pushes drivers to the limit. Through this corner, the drivers endure a load of 5G for approximately four seconds. Getting the racing line perfect through here is absolutely crucial.

The circuit runs anti-clockwise, which while not the rarity on the calendar it once …