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Packed stands at Istanbul Park 22 Aug 2005

Turkish flag in the grandstand.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Turkish Grand Prix, Race Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, 21 August 2005

The inaugural Turkish Grand Prix wasn’t only popular with the drivers - it was also a huge hit with the public, with close to 200,000 fans flocking to witness Formula One's maiden visit to the country.

On Friday, 40,000 spectators attended to see the teams get their first taste of Hermann Tilke’s challenging track. That figure swelled to 53,000 on Saturday when Kimi Raikkonen became to the first man to take a Formula One pole position in Istanbul.

On race day, 100,000 people packed the grandstands for what turned out to be highly entertaining race, bringing the total crowd for the weekend to an impressive 193,000. And judging from their reaction, almost all of those will be back next year.