Following a stunning Hungarian Grand Prix and the summer break, the circus is heading to Turkey, host of one of the best races in 2005 - and one of the toughest to get to, as hours of traffic queues face the teams each day. With the championship contenders only ten points adrift, this is a vital race for Ferrari and Renault.
The Turkish Grand Prix is staged at the Istanbul Parkway, a flowing, anti-clockwise circuit that is challenging and technical, with overtaking opportunities for the bold. It requires medium downforce, balance, a powerful engine and a smooth driver to make the most of it.
Last season's event was a big hit with the teams and drivers, as they were challenged by the undulating, fatiguing layout. The quadruple apex turn eight in particular caught out a lot of drivers over the weekend. This year, the teams will be looking to see how the track surface has developed: it could be more bumpy, the abrasion characteristics will be different and besides, the there will be further impact from operating with the V8 engines.