Facts and figures - Turkish Grand Prix 25 Aug 2007
Just three years old and already Istanbul Park is a firm favourite for drivers and fans alike. Here are just a few items of Turkish trivia relating to this weekends Grand Prix and its venue
- For the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix in 2005 an all-new, purpose-built circuit was constructed In Istanbul. The track measures 5.378 kilometres in length and was designed by Herman Tilke, the famed German engineer, who is also responsible for the Formula One circuits in Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain and Shanghai.
- Istanbul Park is one of just two circuits on the 2007 Formula One calendar to run in an anti-clockwise direction. Brazils Interlagos track is the other.
- Ferrari team mates Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa are the only drivers to have won the Turkish Grand Prix. Massa enjoyed his debut pole position and victory for the Italian team at last years event, while Raikkonen won for McLaren in 2005.
- Turkey has yet to produce its first Formula One driver. This time last year, then GP2 runner Can Artam announced plans to become a third driver for 2006. Unfortunately those plans never materialized. The countrys best prospect at the moment looks to be Jason Tahinci. The British-born Turk carried out a demonstration run with Jordan at the 2005 Turkish Grand Prix and is currently competing in his second season of GP2.
- There are 38 gear shifts per lap around Istanbul Park and drivers cover 66.5 per cent of the lap at full throttle.
- The Turkish Grand Prix is the only sail-away race on the calendar. To get there, the majority of teams transport their equipment by road to the port of Trieste in northern Italy. From there it travels on ferries across the Adriatic and Aegean Seas to Istanbul.
- Tyre supplier Bridgestone will bring 2,220 of its hard and medium compound tyres to Istanbul Park this weekend.
- During the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher set the 75th fastest lap of his Formula One career. His time of 1m 28.005s was just over a tenth quicker than his Ferrari team mate Massa.
- The Istanbul Park track features 14 turns - eight lefts and six rights - and the cars reach top speeds of up to 330 km/h. Turn Eight, which is something of a favourite with the drivers, is taken in sixth gear.
- The Turkish circuit is built on four different levels to provide the tracks dramatic gradient changes and enhance the character of the track. Over the course of a lap, elevation varies by almost 46 metres.
- Istanbul is famously split into a European side and an Asian side, with the Bosphorus Strait forming the divide between the two. The Istanbul Park circuit is located on the Asian side of the city.
- 2005s inaugural Turkish Grand Prix proved very popular, with close to 200,000 fans flocking to Istanbul Park to witness Formula One racing's maiden visit.