Turkey's Hot Topics Could it possibly be cooler in Turkey than at home in the UK this weekend? How long will the longest journey to the track be? Will Jenson make it six out of seven? Istanbul Park in a nutshell This relatively new addition to...
Turkey's Hot Topics
Could it possibly be cooler in Turkey than at home in the UK this weekend?
How long will the longest journey to the track be?
Will Jenson make it six out of seven?
Istanbul Park in a nutshell
This relatively new addition to the Formula One calendar, it staged its first race in 2005, was greeted as an instant classic. Turn Eight, a long, fast left-hander, is adored by drivers who regard it as one of the season's most testing corners. It generates more friction energy than anywhere else on the calendar and can also influence race strategy.
What the drivers say
Thoughts on Monaco
Nico "I had hoped for slightly more than sixth place in Monaco. Having found a really good set-up, I felt I had settled into the track well and was comfortable in the car. That showed in practice on Saturday and then during Qs1 and 2 of qualifying. Only getting sixth in Q3 because I was caught up behind Barrichello on my fastest lap, was therefore disappointing. I was pushing hard in the race and passed Massa and Vettel early on, but our pace wasn't quick enough to finish any higher than sixth. That's still a solid result for us though and we're hoping for more in the next few races."
Kazuki "After getting into the top ten in qualifying for the first time this year, I was hoping for a decent result in Monaco. The opening laps went well and I made a clean start, but then it became quite a frustrating race for me with lots of traffic and then getting caught up in other drivers' one-stop strategies. In the end, I crashed out as I was just pushing a bit too hard."
Thinking about Istanbul Park
Kazuki "Turkey is one of the few tracks we race on in an anti-clockwise direction so that puts a lot of pressure on our necks. With lateral loads reaching 4.5g, I'll be doing lots of neck work before the race to prepare. I don't have much experience of the track as I was knocked out of last year's race on the first lap, but it's a circuit which tends to suit our car with its mix of long and short straights, several corners for overtaking and then there's turn eight -- a triple apexer where we'll hit speeds of 250km/h. It'll be challenging, but I can't wait to get going."
Nico "Turkey is usually a good track for us and we should be able to score points there. I like the circuit, and it's a completely different proposition to where we've just come from. There are definitely some good overtaking opportunities around the lap as the track stretches to about 20m wide at one point and there are lots of large braking zones."
Can we expect some Turkish delight?
Nico "We'll have some upgrades for Turkey, so I really hope that maybe we can make a step forward and pick up points. It's so difficult at the moment though. There are teams that have come from behind us and are now in front, like Ferrari, and then teams like Red Bull, Brawn and Toyota are still ahead of us. It's going to be very challenging for us to score points, but I really hope that we can beat one or two of those cars with the upgrades we'll have. We need to keep getting a handful of points from each race."
Kazuki "I hope so. I haven't had the best run recently, I know that, and I need to turn it round and get some good, solid finishes."
Kazuki "It's certainly not as glamorous as Monaco but I quite like that! The one thing I don't like, though, is the traffic! As usual, I won't be going out much. I'll stick to my team hotel and have some quiet dinners with my trainer and the mechanics and focus on the job in hand."
Nico "I really enjoy going to Turkey. It's a great cosmopolitan city and I enjoy visiting its different elements, like the bazaar, the cool restaurants or even some of the very ancient sites. I also love my photography and it's a perfect place to take some pictures."