AUGUST 14, 2002
Ecclestone goes to Turkey
Istanbul has long been the meeting point of the East and the West and used to be the country's capital until Ankara took over. It is however twice as large as Ankara in terms of population with around 7.7m people. Izmir (formerly known as Smyrna) is much smaller with only 2.1m people but is a major port in the west of the country, on the Aegean Sea. Antalya is another seaside location in the south of the country.
Ecclestone is going to have his work cut out getting all the planned races onto the F1 calendar in 2004 and 2005 and one cannot but wonder if his visit to Turkey is not also somehow related to a large boat that he is having built in the shipyards of Izmir...