Formula One and Turkey are apparently on the splits, as Turkish newspaper Haberturk claims that the Turkish Grand Prix won't take place in 2012. Istanbul chamber of commerce chief Murat Yalcintas reportedly told the publication "It looks like the Formula One race won't be held in Istanbul next year." The reported reason for the decision was that Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone (above) raised the race fee from $13 million to $26 million; a price Istanbul doesn't appear eager to meet.

The paper claims that the reason for the decision has less to do with the rising cost of F1 and more to do with the fact that Ecclestone is interested in a 2012 race in Moscow. F1 has made no formal announcements regarding a foray into Moscow or the future of the Turkey race.

[Source: Bloomberg | Image: Clive Mason/Getty]


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      Tom Winch
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate Bernie's machinations as much as anyone else, but in this instance I can see the business reasons to drop the Turkish GP. Attendance there is terrible and has been for years. It's too bad because Istanbul is a beautiful city and a great place to visit. It's just too far for most people to travel to watch a race. If Bernie came out and said they were looking into replacing the Turkish GP with one in Moscow because the attendance was poor, that would be acceptable to most people. But instead he shows his greed and says he'll keep the race there if the organizers are willing to pay him double the current fee. In other words, he doesn't care if anyone comes to see the race live (which puts money in the organizers pockets), as long as he gets his money. On the other hand, how can the organizers come up with another $13 million when current attendance doesn't doesn't cover their costs now? The guy just doesn't know how to be up front and honest.
      Julie Lux-Bellmyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bernie gives me the creeps.
      Eric Jacuzzi
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is hands down the worst race I've ever been to. Nobody in Turkey cares about F1. I was there in 2008 and there must have been 100 people for Friday practice. It is just a classic example of Bernie pushing F1 into countries to collect big race fees instead of leaving the old races alone. Istanbul is a great city and the people are great but the track is easily 2 hours outside of the city in the middle of nowhere....glad to see it gone, though it's a great race track.
      JDam4131
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Bernie saying he doesnt want the race in Turkey is to ask for a price he KNOWS they will refuse. I hate Bernie just as much as the next guy, but sometimes his movies may be controversial I think he is planning to step down soon. Hopefully he is trying to restore F1 the way he got it when he was put in charge. May be a money grab maybe not but seems like the best way to cancel a race without upsetting sponsors, etc. Just say they couldnt afford it
      • 3 Years Ago
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        vtecgreen
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not likely considering they're building a purpose built F1 track in Austin Texas for 2012......
          Jeff
          • 3 Years Ago
          @vtecgreen
          Bernie's next great idea will be to add a track in West Virginia.
      edgardo
      • 3 Years Ago
      How greedy can one little old troll be????? I gues 26mil greedy.
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ecclestone needs to be in the loony bin.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ecclestone needs another beating, except this time he's the mugger.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok...it's clear the eastern european ****** in Moscow will outshine the burkha babes in Instanbul. Or Bernie is getting more baksheesh from the Russians than the Turks, more likely.
      Alborz Elvis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate this guy... even more than he hates F1... god why is he still alive... he's 81 already.. just take him and do us the favour...
      • 3 Years Ago
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