Turkish GP
2020 Turkish Grand Prix, Friday - Credit: Wolfgang Wilhelm

Formula 1 has confirmed the return of the Turkish GP to this year’s calendar in October as the replacement for the Singapore Grand Prix.

News earlier this season meant that Turkey was dropped from this season due to international travel restrictions, but the promoter of the event requested a potential re-join which has now been confirmed for October 3 (the former Singapore GP weekend).

An official statement from F1 said: “After discussions with other promoters we are confident that we will be able to travel to the following race under our strict safety protocols.

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“The Formula 1 community will continue to travel this season with stringent safety measures that has allowed us to travel safely this season. So far this season we have conducted over 44,000 tests with 27, positive cases a rate of 0.06%, with most coming during the earlier part of the season.

“Alongside this a significant proportion of the F1 community has been vaccinated already and we are confident that all will have had the opportunity to do so by the end of the summer.

“We will continue to operate in a way that protects the safety of our personnel and the communities we visit.”

Relive last year’s exciting Turkish delight:

President and CEO of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, added his delight to the news which will see the championship return to the Istanbul Park venue for the ninth time in history.

He described it as “one of the best tracks in the world”, renowned for its challenging complexes and the iconic Turn 8 left-hander featuring four apexes.

Offering his gratitude towards the Istanbul Park management, he highlighted how the current COVID-19 situation has caused the championship to adapt in order to form the 2021 schedule.

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