2020 Turkish Grand Prix: Everything you need to know

After nine years, Formula 1 returns to the Istanbul Circuit. Lewis Hamilton will have the first chance to win his seventh title early. Schedules, championship positions and more data in this report.

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The consequences of the pandemic of coronavirus in the 2020 calendar of the Formula 1 has allowed the return to the Grand Prix championship that were archived. Such is the case of the Turkish Grand Prix, which will be held this weekend within the framework of the 14th event of the contest.

After a nine-year hiatus, La Máxima returned to the Istanbul Circuit, in which it was last presented in 2011. This long absence means that only a few drivers know the track. Including english Lewis Hamiltonthe finnish Kimi Räikkönen and the German Sebastian Vettel, who even had the pleasure of winning there.

2011 Turkish GP
Photo: Charles Coates / LAT Photographic.

For Hamilton it will be a special test for having the first opportunity he will have to liquidate the championship in his favor. His only rival is his Mercedes teammate, the Finn. Valtteri Bottas, who should win and hope that the champion practically does not add points to keep his chances intact ...

The Turkish layout is recognized as one of the best designs of the German architect Hermann Tilke. It has a wide variety of interesting high-speed curves that require a lot of tires.

Sebastian Vettel Turkey 2011
Photo: Andrew Ferraro / LAT Photographic.

At the last GP of 2011, Vettel had to do four pit stops on the road to victory for Red Bull. In total in that test there were 80 pit stops y the greatest number of overtaking maneuvers seen on a dry run since 1983.

La Curve 1 is a remarkable variant, while the straight also features a spectacular uphill turn that bears similarities to Eau Rouge at Spa: in fact, this part of the track is often nicknamed Faux rouge.

While Curve 8 It is famous for its toughness: it is to the left and very long with several vertices that make it very similar to Turn 3 in Sochi (from which it was inspired) and that puts a huge amount of energy in the tires, especially in the front Rights.


13/11 Practice 1 11.00 to 12.30 05.00 to 06.30 03.00 to 04.30 02.00 to 03.30
Practice 2 15.00 to 16.30 09.00 to 10.30 07.00 to 08.30 06.00 to 07.30
14/11 Practice 3 12.00 to 13.00 06.00 to 07.00 04.00 to 05.00 03.00 to 04.00
Classification 15.00 to 16.00 09.00 to 10.00 07.00 to 08.00 06.00 to 07.00
15/11 Career 13.10 07.10 05.10 04.10


Extension: 5.338 meters.
Returns: 58.
GP total distance: 309,396 km.
Number of curves: 14 (8 on the left and 6 on the right).
Distance from pole to braking of the first corner: 210 meters.
Lap time at full speed: 66%.
Number of changes per lap: 48.
Maximum speed
: 321 km / h.
Maximum lateral force: 4.7 at turn 8.
DRS zones: Between curves 11 and 12 and 14 and 1.
Ideal sectors for overpass: Curves 1 and 12 braking.
Absolute record: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 1: 25.049 at 225,950 km / h in Q3 of the 2011 GP.


2005 Kimi Räikkönen (END) McLaren
2006 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari
2007 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari
2008 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari
2009 Jenson Button (ING) Brawn
2010 Lewis Hamilton (ING) McLaren
2011 Sebastian Vettel (ALE) Red Bull


Lewis Hamilton - Imola 2002
Photo: LAT Images.

DRIVERS: 1) Hamilton, 282 points; 2) Bottas, 197; 3) Verstappen, 162; 4) Ricciardo, 95; 5) Leclerc, 85; 6) Pérez, 82; 7) Norris, 69; 8) Sainz, 65; 9) Albon, 64; 10) Gasly, 63; 11) Stroll, 57; 12) Ocon, 40; 13) Kvyat, 26; 14) Vettel, 18; 15) Hulkenberg, 10; 16) Räikkönen and Giovinazzi, 4, 18) Grosjean, 2, 19) Magnussen, 1.

BUILDERS CUP: 1) Mercedes, 479 points; 2) Red Bull, 226; 3) Renault, 135; 4) Racing Point and McLaren, 134; 6) Ferrari, 103; 7) AlphaTauri, 89; 8) Alfa Romeo, 8; 9) Haas, 3.


Starting this year, Máxima's activity in Latin America is broadcast by ESPN y Fox Premium ActionFox Sport 3Meanwhile, it will broadcast the Grand Prix on a delayed basis. If you are a true fan of F.1, you may be interested in subscribing to F1TV, the official streaming platform of the category that has different services according to the chosen subscription.


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