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New Istanbul Park operator targets F1 return

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In the round-up: New managers at Turkey’s Istanbul Park are looking to bring Formula 1 back to the circuit.

In brief

New Istanbul Park

Can Bilim Egitim Kurumlari AS has been appointed as the new operator of the Istanbul Park track which held nine grands prix between 2005 and 2021. It is part owned by Lale Cander, who is also chairman of Pirelli’s tyre operation in the country.

Haberturk reports that under the terms of its tender to operator the track, the company must agree a deal Formula One Management to bring a race back to the venue from 2026. The company bought a 30-year lease for $117.8 million (£93.6m).

Two drivers for Cadillac at Imola

Cadillac will not field a third driver in its V-Series R in the next round of the World Endurance Championship at Imola. Sebastien Bourdais is unavailable as he is racing in the IMSA series at Long Beach.

Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber will therefore share the car for the six-hour race at the Italian track as the team strives to score its first points of the season following its disqualification from the opening round. Their rivals’ line-ups are unchanged.

F1 Esports returns

After more than four months of radio silence since its first round, F1 Esports has announced the resumptions of its championship with six races packed into three days beginning one week from today. The final five races will then be held from May 7th to 9th.

Getty acquires Motorsport Images

Getty Images has acquired Motorsport Network’s Motorsport Images, which includes the extensive LAT, Sutton and Schlegelmilch archives. Formula 1 appointed Getty as its official photographic agency in 2021, though other publications and agencies are still allowed to take pictures at grands prix.

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