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mmmmmm



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30/07/2011 13:13

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Turkish Grand Prix poised to lose 2012 F1 calendar spot



http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/14348303.stm



Turkey has hosted a race since 2005 but attendances have been poor.



Rocker



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30/07/2011 16:46

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Seems not enough attending not surprising as its a months wages in Turkey to get in.

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No1Doyen


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30/07/2011 16:55

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Isn't it a shame that some sporting events are so expensive the real supporter can't get to see it.



keithr


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30/07/2011 17:01

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I'm not surprised really. It is not promoted very well at all,no posters,nothing at Sabiha Gokcen airport except a tiny F1 sticker on the passport booth glass.



They don't "get" F1 over there,rallying is more popular. Also,I understand that the track cannot be used between F1 races for any other series (I can't confirm this). No track days,bikes,etc etc....



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30/07/2011 17:08

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Real shame, one of the best circuits in F1, the drivers will moan over this one.



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30/07/2011 17:10

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keithr this is not correct as well as F1, GP2, Superbikes also FIA World Touring Car Championship, Formula-G, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and the Le Mans Series 1,000 km race.



Just google Istanbulpark



keithr


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30/07/2011 17:14

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Sorry,I stand corrected !!!



bigOz


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30/07/2011 17:30

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Not a loss as far as I am concerned. Being one of the biggest tobacco consumers - it would do Turkish public a world of good not to have it advertised as well!



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30/07/2011 17:45

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will it make them stop smoking then?



MUSIN M


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30/07/2011 18:08

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that is sad ,it has been said by a lot of drivers what a great track it is ,and i as a formula 1 nut will miss it,

martin brundell has said time and time again they need a turkish driver to bring in the crowds ,alas to no avail .



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YFred


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30/07/2011 19:41

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What a waste of good money to watch some idiot going round and round in circles. We could have rebuilt Varosa with that kind of money.



waddo


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Msg 11, stop paying the government so much and you could rebuild everything - yet we all still live here and watch them going round and round in circles! At least with F1 you get a result after so many laps, here you just get a new circle.....



martinD41


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30/07/2011 22:11

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Waddo.It's all about "Pit Stops"..........



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31/07/2011 00:14

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re msg 8



BigOz



I wasn't aware that tobacco cos. are big players in F1, now..



Anyway - it is a great circuit and *I* don't think the F1 establishment have ever forgiven the political stunt of 2008 - when Mr Talat was ( without FIA sanctioning ) presenting the winners trophy and the then FIA President apparently spat out his mouthful of tea in shock .... !





The Red Bull drivers taking each other out ( and the McLaren drivers so nearly doing the same ) will live long in my memory...



keithr


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31/07/2011 07:18

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Well I've googled it and cannot find any details on other race meetings,other than a result which has no link to it....Any ideas as I'd go over there to watch bikes and touring cars if I could find some details.



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31/07/2011 07:36

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It cost me 40 to get in last year... not a month's wages. OK if you want a Finish line GS ticket it's expensive but real enthusiasts don't all sit in the stands.

I understood the real reason it's going is because Bernie wanted to up the charge from 13m to 26m GBP a bit crazy when the world's economy is in a downward spiral.



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31/07/2011 07:50

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Now then, maybe a 2013 season without Bernie would be a major step forward??



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31/07/2011 09:39

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Hi Groucho



the UK is bumping along but wasn't Silverstone sold out at extortionate prices ? ...



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