Written by Danny Jones, edited by Tanishka Vashee
The Turkish Grand Prix is to return in 2021, as a replacement for the Singapore Grand Prix. Istanbul Park was set to return on the 13th of June, replacing the Canadian Grand Prix, but UK travel restrictions forced the cancellation of the race, before it was subsequently replaced with the Styrian Grand Prix.
However, F1 will return to Turkey, after its successful 2020 return, where Lewis Hamilton claimed his 7th World title, and was voted the ‘Race of the Season’ by F1 fans. This is set to take place on the weekend of the 1st – 3rd October, replacing the Singapore Grand Prix, which was cancelled for the 2nd year running, due to the tight COVID restrictions in the country. It will be the 2nd race in a triple header, following the Russian Grand Prix, when F1 teams will make the short trip to Turkey before heading over to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix.
The circuit was re-surfaced in 2020, causing unique conditions, as heavy rain poured on the circuit, with many drivers drifting their way round the track. Lance Stroll took an iconic Pole Position, before Lewis Hamilton completed one of his greatest drives, to claim his 7th title, and Sebastian Vettel gained his last Ferrari podium, dramatically overtaking Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc, in the last sector. The 2021 edition will be the 9th visit to the country, following its races in 2005 and 2011.
However, there are still many races between now and then, and let’s hope the enthralling 2021 title battle continues in Turkey.