Di Resta fan :).
This really does suck because out of all the modern tracks this one was the best by miles. Turn 8 is legendary and one of the best corners in the world. . I'll certainly miss this race.
In 2010 there were just under 4,500 more spectators than Spa.Turkey may be a popular for us armchair fans and the drivers but there are not enough actual paying spectators at the track will not cover the cost needed.
Bernie charges the race organisers a fee for bringing his circus to town. The only money the event can recover is from the admission prices, hospitality suites, concessions etc but Bernie also controls the number of tickets the circuits can sell. Very simply virtually every, if not all, F1 race is loss making for the organisers so they have to subsidise it with state funding or with other events they run at the circuit..
Formula 1's corporate hospitality operation Beta Holdings saw pre-tax losses treble to $5.2 million (£3.15 million), according to accounts for 2010.
Despite the addition of new races in Canada and South Korea, revenues stalled as sponsors cut spending on corporate hospitality. F1 is majority owned by private equity firm CVC and the accounts reveal that it has racked up a combined $200 million loss since it was acquired in 2006.
Beta Holdings' turnover last year nudged up by just $3.2 million to $153.5 million, but this was not enough to compensate for a 3.3 per cent rise in costs.
Is GP2 the only other series that has raced at Istanbul Park?