Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know from the previous seven races held at Istanbul Park ahead of Formula 1’s return to the circuit for the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix!
?? RACE WINNERS
Seven previous Formula 1 races have been held at Istanbul Park. From those seven races there have been five different winners.
Felipe Massa is the only driver to have won multiple Turkish Grands Prix. He won the event in three consecutive seasons in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Massa’s three wins also mean that Ferrari are the most successful team at the circuit with three wins, while McLaren are the only other team to have taken multiple wins at the event. Ferrari and Mercedes are tied as the most successful engine manufacturer at the track, each with three wins.
Brazil, Britain, Finland and Germany are the only nations to have taken a victory at the Turkish Grand Prix. Brazil leads the way with three wins, while British drivers have won twice. Jenson Button won in 2009, while Lewis Hamilton took victory in the following season.
Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull are the three teams to have taken 1-2 finishes at the Turkish Grand Prix. Ferrari did so in 2007, McLaren did so in 2010 and Red Bull did so in 2011.
Kimi Raikkonen holds the record for the largest win margin at the Turkish Grand Prix. He took victory in 2005 with a margin of 18.609 seconds. His is the only win at the circuit to have been taken by over ten seconds. The smallest win margin at the circuit was for Felipe Massa in 2007. He won the 2007 Turkish Grand Prix by just 2.275 seconds.
From the seven races at Istanbul Park, the average win margin has been 6.915 seconds.
Every Turkish Grand Prix has been won from the front row of the grid, with 2009 and 2010 being the only races at the circuit not won from pole position.
?? ON THE PODIUM
Nine drivers have finished on the podium at the Turkish Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso has had the most podium finishes at Istanbul Park, having finished in the top three on four occasions.
Ferrari have taken the most podium finishes of any team at Istanbul Park. They have finished on the podium on seven occasions, once more than McLaren. Red Bull, Renault and Brawn GP are the other teams to have finished on the podium at the Turkish Grand Prix.
British and Spanish drivers are tied for most podium finishes at the circuit. Each nation has finished on the podium on four occasions.
From the 2020 grid, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are the drivers who have previously finished on the podium at the Turkish Grand Prix. Raikkonen has finished on the podium three times, while Hamilton and Vettel have each finished on the podium twice.
Fifth is the furthest back grid slot from which a podium finish has been recorded at the Turkish Grand Prix. That was for Fernando Alonso, who finished third in the 2011 race.
Though no podium finishes have been recorded from outside of the top five, the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix is the only race at Istanbul Park where all of the top three starters have gone on to finish on the podium. There is yet to be a race at the track where the top three have finished in the order in which they started.
Four drivers have taken pole position at Istanbul Park. Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel are the only drivers to have taken multiple poles at the circuit. Massa has taken the most poles, with three. Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber are the only other drivers to have taken pole at the circuit.
Ferrari and Red Bull are tied for most poles at the circuit, with three apiece. McLaren are the only other team to have taken pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Massa’s tally of three poles means that Brazil are the most successful country in qualifying at the track. Germany is the only other nation to have taken multiple poles at the circuit.
Felipe Massa is the only driver to have taken consecutive pole positions at the circuit. He took poles in three successive seasons between 2006 and 2008.
Both Ferrari and Red Bull took their three poles at the circuit in three consecutive years.
Sebastian Vettel holds the record for the largest pole margin at the circuit. He set the fastest time by 0.405 seconds in qualifying for the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix.
There is only one Turkish Grand Prix at which pole position has been decided by less than a tenth of a second. That was in 2007, when Felipe Massa took pole by 0.044 seconds.
From the seven previous Turkish Grands Prix, the average pole margin at Istanbul Park has been 0.215 seconds.
?? SUNDAY STATS
The Safety Car has made only two appearances at the Turkish Grand Prix, in 2006, due to Vitantonio Liuzzi stalling on the racing line, and in 2008, due to a collision between Giancarlo Fisichella and Kazuki Nakajima on the opening lap.
There is yet to be a wet Turkish Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen has set the most fastest laps at Istanbul Park. He set the fastest lap here in 2007 and 2008, and is the only driver to have taken the fastest lap on multiple occasions at the Turkish Grand Prix.
The fewest number of cars to finish a race at Istanbul Park is fifteen. It happened in both of the first two races at the circuit. The highest number of cars to finish a race at the circuit is 22 in 2011, which is also the highest finish rate at the track (96%).
In total, 152 cars have entered a round of the World Championship at Imola. Of those, 126 have reached the chequered flag.
There has been only one DNS recorded at the Turkish Grand Prix. That was for Timo Glock in 2011, who failed to start the race due to gearbox issues.
There is yet to be a red-flagged Turkish Grand Prix and every race at Istanbul Park has run to its scheduled distance.
In total, 406 Grand Prix racing laps have been completed at Istanbul Park.
?? CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
No titles have been decided at the Turkish Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel has held the largest championship lead after a Turkish Grand Prix, with a 34 point advantage in 2011.
Jenson Button in 2009 and Sebastian Vettel in 2011 are the only drivers who have won the Turkish Grand Prix and the World Championship in the same year. At the last Turkish Grand Prix, in 2011, Vettel became the first Turkish Grand Prix polesitter to win that year’s title.
The driver leading the championship after the Turkish Grand Prix has gone on to win that year’s title on four of the seven occasions that the event has been held. Lewis Hamilton failed to convert his lead into a title victory in 2007, Kimi Raikkonen failed to do so in 2008 and Mark Webber failed to do so in 2010.
McLaren are the only team who have failed to win the Constructors’ Championship despite leading the title race after the Turkish Grand Prix. They failed to do so in 2007 and 2010.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.