Formula One has been on hold the past couple of weeks, at least as far as track action is concerned, but a return to racing is not too far away. The final third of the 2005 season kicks off in Turkey next weekend and everyone is waiting to see...
Formula One has been on hold the past couple of weeks, at least as far as track action is concerned, but a return to racing is not too far away. The final third of the 2005 season kicks off in Turkey next weekend and everyone is waiting to see what the Istanbul circuit will be like. For the drivers a new track is always an interesting challenge.
"The back straight looks long so we might have a chance of overtaking at the end of that," said Toyota's Jarno Trulli of Istanbul. "The only other thing that stands out is that it is an anti-clockwise circuit. That means you might feel it in your neck because the pressures are the other way round from usual."
"There are some hills but when it comes to blind corners you just pick your braking point on Friday morning and get used to it. Apart from that you just go there and see what happens. I've never been to Turkey, so I'm looking forward to seeing the country. The one thing I do know is that it will be hot..."
Teammate Ralf Schumacher has visited the country before but didn't get the chance to see the circuit. "When you go to a new track you usually spend the first session getting used to it," Schumacher explained. "In this case it's a brand new circuit for everyone, so it's not too much of a problem. Everyone is affected in a similar way."
"The fact that this circuit has hills makes things more interesting than usual. The blind corners aren't a big problem but it won't be easy to brake downhill and sometimes you tend to lock up wheels on those kind of circuits."
The general consensus of opinion is that Istanbul will be a medium downforce track, although being a new surface the grip levels will be hard to predict. One thing everyone expects is that it will be very hot, perhaps even hotter than Hungary. Let's hope the on-track action is as hot as the temperature.