Could the last-minute efforts to save the Turkish Grand Prix pay off?

Having seemingly been booted off the latest rumoured edition of the 2012 Formula 1 calendar, Turkish Grand Prix officials are now madly scrambling to regain the event’s place on next year’s schedule.

The round at the Istanbul circuit – which has been on the F1 calendar since 2006 – was provisionally listed on the original version of next year’s calendar, but an updated version circulated during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend indicated that the Turkish had been culled to cap the season at twenty rounds.

Despite being widely lauded as having one of the best ‘new-era’ circuits around, the event has endured terrible attendance figures, and its departure from the calendar was hardly a surprise.

It had also been suggested that the race’s departure was foreshadowed by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone allegedly doubling the event’s sanctioning fee for its new contract.

Turkish Auomobile Sports Federation (TOSFED) chairman Mumtaz Tahincioglu told reporters that work is underway to save the event.

“We are seeking a way to keep F1 in Turkey and [the] Minister is ready to do everything for this goal,” he told the Anadolu state news agency.

“We will invite Mr Ecclestone to Turkey. We want to conclude our negotiations.”

Good luck there…

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.