Turkish GP return depends on government
6 December 2012 – The future of the Turkish Grand Prix now rests in the hands of the country’s Prime Minister. This is according to TOFSED President Demir Berberoğlu, who claims that approval and funding from the government is all that remains to be confirmed.
Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One Group, met with Turkish businessman Vural Ak in Istanbul this week and has agreed basic terms for the event to return. On Wednesday, the FIA outlined July 21 as the date for an extra Grand Prix in 2013.
"We at TOSFED are endeavouring so that Formula 1 races, which have been held seven times in our country in the past, can be held at Istanbul Park next year and in future years," Berberoğlu explained.
"Everybody knows that what is needed for its presence on the Formula 1 calendar for 2013 and following years is a guarantee and approval of the required budget at government level. This will develop according to the Prime Minister's decision."
Istanbul Park hosted the Turkish Grand Prix from 2005 to 2011. Although it was largely popular amongst teams and drivers, the venue failed to attract large crowd numbers.