The Turkish Grand Prix is poised to lose its spot in the 2012 Formula One calendar. Turkey had its inaugural Grand Prix in 2005 but it had always suffered from a poor audience turn up for the race. Earlier it was decided on a 21 racing calendar for the 2012 season but the contract with Formula One says that there can be no more than 20 grand prix in a season. Bahrain GP which was given a miss this year has been brought back into the calendar next year.
There have been reports that state otherwise. There have been claims that Formula One boss, Bernie Eccleston, has increased the fee for hosting the grand prix at Turkey for 2012. The figure was too large for the authority to pay and it seems that Turkey will not be taking part in the 2012 season. It is said that the price was increased from $13 million to $26 million.
Mixed reactions came from the teams as they received the itinerary for next season with the Turkish GP missing from it. McLaren managing Director, Lonathan Neale said that it is sad that they are losing a grand prix from the calendar, while the Virgin Racing chairman, Graeme Lowdon said that 20 races is enough for them, being a small team 21 races seems too much for them.
The Turkish grand prix is one of the 5 anti-clockwise circuits on the 2011 Fomula One circuit. Designed by the famous F1 track designer, Herman Tilke, it has some very good racing corners. The track flows around with many ups and downs along with the natural geography, which is very unique. The track provided some of the best races of the season with many chances of overtaking. The track is also known to be very exciting with drivers spinning off track due to pushing too hard. It is a real shame to lose the Trukish Grand Prix for next season.