Istanbul Park, also known as the Istanbul Racing Circuit or initially Istanbul Otodrom, is a motor sports racetrack(a place where cars drive with each other to see who is fastest) in Akfırat County east of Istanbul, Turkey. It opened on 21 August 2005. It has been called "the best race track in the world" by Formula One(a type of sport) leader Bernie Ecclestone. The main use of the circuit (track) is the Formula One Turkish Grand Prix.
|Time zone||UTC +2|
|Major Events||FIA Formula One|
Turkish Grand Prix
MotoGP, GP2, DTM, 1000 km
|Circuit Length||5.338 km (3.317 mi)|
|Lap Record||1:24.770 ( Juan Pablo Montoya, McLaren, 2005)|
Istanbul Park is in Pendik district on the Asian side of Istanbul(a city). It is close to the TEM motorway (a highway), that connects Istanbul to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. It is near the new Sabiha Gökçen International Airport(a place where planes(stuff that can fly) fly to and from). It is in an area with a lot of trees and fields.
The track is 5.338 km (3.317 mi) long, and has an average width of 15 m (49 ft). The main straight is over 650 m (2,133 ft) in length. The track has 14 corners.
The track does have some critics(people who do not like it). After qualifying(a thing in Formula One, which is a type of sport), Jenson Button(a person who is doing Formula One, a sport) said the track was too bumpy. Jarno Trulli(also a person doing Formula One, a sport) did not think the track as hard enough to challenge(making it hard for people) the drivers.
Designer - Hermann Tilke
Capacity - 26,250 permanent covered seats, 125,000 temporary seats
Building Area - 220 hectare (10,000 square metres)
Race Track Area - 8 hectare (10,000 square metres)
Major Motorsports EventsEdit
Use in simulations / gamesEdit
The track is included in the 2008 video game(a thing where people can play against each other and make as if it is real life), Race Driver: GRID from Codemasters, as well as in the 2008 PC simulator GTR Evolution by SimBin.
References and notesEdit
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