F1 in Istanbul a special place for Vettel and Hamilton
The route: The 5.338 kilometer long course has many technically demanding, medium-fast curves. Individual sections are compared with sectors of traditional racing routes in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Interlagos (Brazil). The highlight of the Hatz over 58 rounds is the exciting curve eight, it promises high speed with equal four vertices.
The location: For about an hour, the drive from the heart of Istanbul takes into the eastern acfirate in the Asian part of the metropolis. The German Hermann Tilke has also designed this course. The construction began in 2003, about two years before the first Grand Prix. Around 40 million US dollars devoured the racetrack.
The statistics: from 2005 to 2011 and 2020 was driven from the gates of Istanbul. Felipe Massa is with three successively (2006 to 2008) record winner. The Brazilian also managed the only driver three times to the pole position. From the current pilots Kimi Räikkönen (2005), Lewis Hamilton (2010 and 2020) and Sebastian Vettel (2011) already celebrated victories.
The unforgotten race: Istanbul is a special place for Sebastian Vettel, 2006 for the first time he came to a Grand Prix weekend in training on Friday. In the BMW, he even closed the day as a fastest. In 2010, with Stallrivale Mark Webber, there was a momentous crash, who sustained the domestic climate at Red Bull. Webber awarded its best World Cup chance in that year, Vettel took the title four times a bit.
That s how it ran in the previous year: A stop in Turkey 2020 was not intended, but because of the calendar conversions due to the Corona pandemic, Istanbul celebrated a comeback after nine years. And what kind of! With his seventh World Cup title, Lewis Hamilton introduced the most important record of Michael Schumacher with his seventh World Cup title. In the slip and rain chaos of Istanbul, the Mercedes-Man Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Sergio Perez (Racing Point) referred to the other places.