As part of Formula 1’s return to Turkey in 2020, the Istanbul track leaders decided to resurface the track a few weeks before the teams arrived.
However, the job was only completed a few days before the start of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend and the riders struggled to find grip on a track that looked like a real ice rink. The problem was even made worse with the arrival of rain on Saturday for qualifying and the race, making the conditions even more difficult for the pilots.
For the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, FIA Race Director Michael Masi recently informed F1 teams that, as part of a package of updates, « The entire surface of the track has been treated to increase the level of grip » on the Istanbul route.
“We send regular updates to the teams every season on any circuit changes for upcoming events, whether it’s gates, fences, gates, whatever. These may be resurfaced areas. « Masi said, quoted by Autosport.
“So yes, the surface in Turkey has been effectively water-stripped, that’s probably the best way to put it, which is ultimately a regular treatment. We have seen this used regularly in Singapore, where the public roads that are in use have to be resurfaced due to traffic. «
When asked if the Istanbul circuit made a mistake in 2020, Masi replied that it was all a matter of timing: “I think it was just a matter of timing last year, I think we said that before then. It was literally a matter of timing and they rectified that accordingly. «
The Turkish Grand Prix is scheduled for October 8-10, 2021, it will be the sixteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship.