Turkish Grand Prix return on the cards

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 08: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 8, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel

It has emerged that there is a concerted effort to get the Turkish Grand Prix back on the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 2011, with Formula 1 chief Chase Carey concluding early talks with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan.

Circuit owner Vural Ak, who purchased the $250 million venue five years ago, and several government representatives were also in attendance.

Ak revealed to Turkish media, “We had a meeting in Ankara with the President and Chase Carey from Liberty Media, whom I previously invited to Turkey personally before.”

“All I can say at this point is that the meetings went really well and we agreed in principle. Although the contract hasn’t been signed yet.”

The race on the outskirts of Istanbul was held from 2005 and 2011, but lack of funding caused it to be scrapped from the F1 schedule.

Meanwhile the Malaysian Grand Prix will run for the last time this year, while the Singapore Grand Prix is in doubt beyond the existing contract. Germany and France are set to feature regularly in forthcoming seasons.