The cancellation of the Grand Prix of America in 2013 has opened the way for another race on the F1 calendar, and the Formula One group is now looking at the best option available. There has been much talk of a possible race in Turkey and there is some logic in the idea, but there are also a number of drawbacks, particularly in terms of logistics.
The F1 equipment was to have travelled from Montreal to New York after the Canadian GP on June 9. It will now be sent back to Europe and, as things stand, the cars will not be used again until June 30 at the British GP – a gap of three weeks. That used to be a standard feature of the calendar, but the F1 circus has become more efficient in recent years and there is no real reason why there could not be a race on June 23. This would be a problem if the race was to be in Istanbul as the race is treated as a European event, in terms of the equipment, which goes to Turkey by truck, rather than by plane. This means that it could not be back in Britain in time for the British GP on June 30. One might think that the British GP could be shoved back a week to allow for this, but this would put it on the weekend of July 7, which is not a good idea as this would be the weekend of the Wimbledon Finals and that would have a detrimental effect on the TV viewing figures, so is best avoided.
However a French GP on June 23 would be possible as a back-to-back with Britain. Thus it is worth noting that the director of the Paul Ricard circuit Stéphane Clair is being quoted in the French media as saying that there is a 90 percent chance of a French GP in 2013.