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Turkey, Greece eye F1 spots

2012-08-16 07:25

Turkey could return to the Formula 1 calendar.

From 2005 to 2011, despite poor spectator numbers, drivers enjoyed the Hermann Tilke-designed Istanbul layout with its unique quadruple-apex Turn 8.

However the race was not included on the 2012 schedule because race organisers and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone disagreed over the sanctioning fee.

TURKEY TO HELP GREECE?

Ecclestone, however, said on Wednesday that he, the teams and the FIA were "happy" to go to Turkey. He told the major daily Haberturk: "If we can solve this (fee) problem, Turkey can return to the F1 calendar."

It is not known if the news is linked to recent reports that, amid Greece's economic crisis, the country could enlist neighbour Turkey's help to stage an F1 street race in Athens.

A report in the Hurriyet daily said Greece was in serious talks with Turkish race official Mumtaz Tahincioglu and Greek sports minister Kostantinos Cavares said: "We have to support all projects that market Greece."

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