Turkish Grand Prix organisers hope to attract a crowd of 100,000 spectators for its comeback Formula 1 race this year, after announcing the event would be open to the public
The Istanbul Park track will hold an F1 race on 15 November, with F1 owners Liberty Media having put the event back on the calendar as a one-off for now.
While organisers had not been sure initially if the event would be open to spectators, Vural Ak, the chairman of promoters Intercity, said at a press conference on Tuesday that the public will be allowed in.
With the track being located in a wide-open space, Ak said that he believed the venue could safely accommodate up to 100,000 spectators - which is half its full capacity.
While being open to the possibility of a spike in coronavirus cases forcing a change of plan, Ak said he believes protocols put in place could ensure a bumper crowd.
"We have to be prepared for anything," he said.
"If the disease becomes worse than today, then the race can be done without spectators.
"However, we know the capacity of this track. Around 220,000 spectators can watch the race in the grandstands and in the open areas.
"At the moment for safety reasons, if we close some sections, about 100,000 spectators will be able to watch the race by following social distancing rules."
General admission tickets for the event are being priced at 30 Turkish Lira (TL) (£3) per day, with Intercity saying they were more interested in pulling off a successful grand prix than maximising profit.
"Formula 1 normally has certain standards and ticket prices are at a certain level," added Ak.
"However, as Intercity, we do not seek to gain financial advantage from this and the government has encouraged us.
"The ticket prices are 30 TL per day. It will be 90 TL in total for three days. Tickets will be on sale next week and we think the tickets will sell very quickly."
Although the Turkish venue has not hosted an F1 race since 2011, Ak said the track condition was still up to standard.
"An official came and looked at the asphalt and the infrastructure and thanked us, saying that almost everything was like the first day," he said.
"However, with only two-and-a-half months to go, a more experienced team will come and see what updates need to be made.
"We are able to do this because we kept the track ready as if there would be a race every day."
Autosport understands that despite Turkey's aspirations, the final details about the number of fans who will be allowed in to the event is still to be signed off by F1 itself.
With 100,000 seeming to be quite an optimistic target from the organiser, it is understood a more realistic likelihood is somewhere between 60-80,000.
As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground
Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest
The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes
Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold
Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of his death, Autosport recalls the career of an F1 and sportscar ace gone before his time
OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes
Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz Jr. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season
Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant