This weekend the spectacular that is Formula 1 is in Istanbul for the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix, where wet weather is proving daunting for drivers and should ensure some exciting racing come Sunday. It seems like wet weather is the norm this year, with rain affecting nearly every race so far this season.
The Hermann Tilke-designed Istanbul Park Circuit runs anti-clockwise, just like Singapore, Interlagos and Abu Dhabi, and its highlight, the dreaded Turn Eight, is a sharp left-hand corner with no less than three apexes.
The circuit is also ideally suited for the KERS fitted cars as many of the straight-aways come after low-speed corners, so drivers will have plenty of juice stored after the heavy breaking.
Sunday’s race will run over 58 laps of the unchanged circuit, or a total 192.250 miles, and it’s a track championship leader Sebastian Vettel and his teammate Mark Webber know oh so well. Last year the two crashed into each other at the Turkish GP, igniting a ton of controversy within the Red Bull Racing camp and allowing rival driver Lewis Hamilton his first win of the year.
Following their performance in China, both Red Bull Racing drivers and the duo at McLaren, Lewis Hamilton and teammate Jenson Button, are favorites for this weekend’s race but with expected rain on Sunday, it’s anyone’s bet.
Stay tuned for our full race recap on Monday.