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Feature: Five Things to Watch in Turkey

November 10, 2020
2020
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After almost a decade, F1 returns to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix, ready to face new challenges

With fresh faces ready to take on the unfamiliar circuit and veterans eager to get back on it, it's shaping up for a thrilling weekend.

Get to grips with some of the key factors set to play their part out on track.

1. Learn from the past, prepare for the future

Formula 1 is returning to Turkey for the first time since 2011, meaning some teams can rely on previous data -but this will be limited by the continual evolution of F1 cars since then.



2. Same but different...

Another factor that will impact previous data is the timing of the race. Turkey will host its Grand Prix return in November, whereas the race was previously held in May. While track temperatures in the past exceed 40°C, it’s likely to be in the 20°C-range this weekend.

3. Feel the force!

The iconic Turn 8 is more than just a spectacular corner and will be hugely demanding on the drivers. Drivers will likely spend around six seconds at a sustained lateral G-force exceeding 3G through this corner on every lap of the 58-lap Grand Prix.



4. Full gas, or not full gas?

Turn 8 will likely influence the stint lengths in the race too, with the right-front tyre particularly stressed. Best taken flat and, with a long straight following it, a more conservative approach through the corner to help extend tyre life could end up costing track position and lap time.

5. Keeping your balance

Istanbul has a reasonable mix of corner speeds, with the majority falling in the medium-speed range. As such, teams are likely to spend practice trying to find the optimum downforce level. The long straights will potentially tempt some into lowering drag as a result, despite there being some corners where load will be important. It’s a fine balancing act for set-up.

After almost a decade, F1 returns to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix, ready to face new challenges

With fresh faces ready to take on the unfamiliar circuit and veterans eager to get back on it, it's shaping up for a thrilling weekend.

Get to grips with some of the key factors set to play their part out on track.

1. Learn from the past, prepare for the future

Formula 1 is returning to Turkey for the first time since 2011, meaning some teams can rely on previous data -but this will be limited by the continual evolution of F1 cars since then.



2. Same but different...

Another factor that will impact previous data is the timing of the race. Turkey will host its Grand Prix return in November, whereas the race was previously held in May. While track temperatures in the past exceed 40°C, it’s likely to be in the 20°C-range this weekend.

3. Feel the force!

The iconic Turn 8 is more than just a spectacular corner and will be hugely demanding on the drivers. Drivers will likely spend around six seconds at a sustained lateral G-force exceeding 3G through this corner on every lap of the 58-lap Grand Prix.



4. Full gas, or not full gas?

Turn 8 will likely influence the stint lengths in the race too, with the right-front tyre particularly stressed. Best taken flat and, with a long straight following it, a more conservative approach through the corner to help extend tyre life could end up costing track position and lap time.

5. Keeping your balance

Istanbul has a reasonable mix of corner speeds, with the majority falling in the medium-speed range. As such, teams are likely to spend practice trying to find the optimum downforce level. The long straights will potentially tempt some into lowering drag as a result, despite there being some corners where load will be important. It’s a fine balancing act for set-up.

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