Turkish officials decided to invite Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to negotiate to be included back in F1 itinerary in 2012.
The decision was announced Tuesday by Turkish Automobile Sports Federation (TOSFED) Chairman Mumtaz Tahincioglu who had a meeting with Youth & Sports Minister Suat Kilic to discuss the issue.
"We are seeking a way to keep F1 in Turkey and Mr. Minister is ready to do everything for this goal," Tahincioglu told AA reporter after his meeting.
"We will invite Mr. Ecclestone to Turkey. We want to conclude our negotiations," he said.
Turkey has hosted a Grand Prix since 2005. But last week, Istanbul race has been dropped from next year's F1 calender due to poor attendance.
"There is a commercial loss caused by poor interest in Formula 1 race in Turkey. The fee Mr. Ecclestone demands from Turkey would become reasonable if we could expand this volume in favor of him," Tahincioglu said.
Tahincioglu also said that Turkish Sports Minister suggested to offer the same race fee to F1 boss.
"But also he suggested to take on publicity and promotion campaigns to raise attendance and earnings," Tahincioglu added.
AALast Mod: 02 Ağustos 2011, 17:09