Ecclestone looks to buy Turkish GP venue

Bernie Ecclestone on the grid Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday 8 May 2011.Oct.3 (GMM) Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone is interested in purchasing the Turkish grand prix venue in Istanbul, the Hurriyet daily reports.

The newspaper said a tender is scheduled to take place next Wednesday.

The Istanbul Park circuit hosted F1 races between 2005 and 2011, and although poorly attended the Hermann Tilke-penned layout was lauded particularly for its challenging quadruple-apex turn 8.

But Turkey fell off the F1 calendar for 2012, after local organisers and Ecclestone failed to agree a new higher race sanctioning fee.

Hurriyet now cites “sources” in reporting that Ecclestone is among those interested in bidding for the circuit.

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  • Snoopy48

    Mmmm put up the price so that they can’t afford the race, then buy the circuit on the cheap? Not like Bernie at all!

  • Paul C

    So isn’t that fraudulent of him to deny the race in 2012 to devalue the track then buy it for a lot less .No doubt turkey will be back on the calendar soon when the deal goes through.

    And tbh its one of the best tracks in the world it should be in the race calendar, its better than Hungary or Monaco where overtaking is impossible.