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2012-08-16 07:25

MONEY TALK MIGHT REVIVE ISTANBUL: A fee disagreement and not poor spectator numbers has been blamed for the scrapping of Turkey's Istanbul race from the F1 calendar - a problem on which its organisers are said to be working.

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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