Istanbul Park facts for kids
|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, also known as the Istanbul Racing Circuit or initially Istanbul Otodrom, is a motor sports racetrack 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 leader Bernie Ecclestone. The main use of the circuit (track) is the Formula One Turkish Grand Prix.
Istanbul Park is in Pendik district on the Asian side of Istanbul. 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. 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.
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 Events
The track has also hosted FIA World Touring Car Championship, Formula-G, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and the Le Mans Series 1,000 km race.
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