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Friday, 6 May 2011

Turkish Grand Prix on its last legs?


The fourth round of the 2011 Formula One World Championship takes place this coming weekend in Turkey, just outside Istanbul.

There has been a lot of tensions surrounding the Turkish Grand Prix this year with insiders certain this will be its final year.

Reported disputes between F1 owner Bernie Ecclestone and Turkish organizers over the costs associated with the event is being blamed for the demise of one of the biggest events in Turkey.
According to widely reported statements, disputes arose primarily when F1 owner Ecclestone doubled the race licensing fee from 8 million pounds to 16 million.

This lead to İstanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO) head Murat Yalçıntaş tweeting “It looks like the Formula One race will not be held in İstanbul next year.” He has reportedly confirmed it was the excessive increase in price that led to the decision; the Ministry of Finance has been footing the bill since the inception of the Turkish Grand Prix.

So will the Turkish Grand Prix stay or go? There’s been no official confirmation yet but F1 fans are advised to enjoy this weekend’s event in case it is turns out to be the final one. The entire time table is listed below.

Local Time (GMT +3)

Thursday 5th May
15:00: FIA press conference

Friday 6th May
10:00 – 11:30 – First free practice
14:00 – 15:30 – Second free practice
16:00 – FIA press conference

Saturday 7th May
11:00 – 12:00 – Third free practice
14:00 – 15:00 – Qualifying
15:00 – FIA post qualifying press conference

Sunday 8th May
15:00 – 17:00 – Turkish GP
17:00 – FIA post-race press conference

UK Time (BST/GMT+1)
Thursday 5th May
13:00: FIA press conference

Friday 6th May
08:00 – 09:30 – First free practice
12:00 – 13:30 – Second free practice
14:00 – FIA press conference

Saturday 7th May
09:00 – 10:00 – Third free practice
12:00 – 13:00 – Qualifying
13:00 – FIA post qualifying press conference

Sunday 8th May
13:00 – 15:00 – Turkish GP
15:00 – FIA post-race press conference

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