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Located between the Tuzla and Pendik districts close to Istanbul, the circuit is located within the green belt, surrounded by forest and cultivated green fields. Designed by the famous race-track architect Herman Tilke, the first Turkish Grand Prix took place in 2005, and ran every year until 2011. After a nine year absence, Intercity Istanbul Park returns to the Formula 1 calendar in November to host the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix.
One of only five circuits running anticlockwise, the track runs over four different ground levels with a start/ finish straight over 650m in length. The track also has some notorious turns. Turn 8 (nicknamed 'Diabolica', in reference to Monza's Curva Parabolica) is a fast, sweeping corner with four apexes. Another notable corner is Turn 1, which is a sharp, downhill left-hander immediately after the front straight. Lastly, let's not forget 'Faux Rouge' - the uphill 'kink' in the middle of the back straight which resembles Eau Rouge at the circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.