Turkish minister flies off track at Istanbul Formula 1 circuit

Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank flew off the track during a test drive at a circuit in Istanbul set to host the Formula One Turkish Grand Prix, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported on Monday.

The newspaper posted a video on Twitter showing the minister veering off the tarmac at the Intercity Istanbul Park, where it said a competition for electrical and hydrogen-powered vehicles was held on Monday as part of Turkey’s largest aerospace and technology festival, Teknofest.

Varank was driving a modified Anadol A1 car – a 1968 prototype of a domestically produced vehicle, Daily Sabah said.

Formula One is set to return to Turkey following a nine-year absence after organisers revised the 2020 calendar of 17 races last month. Istanbul Park has been added to the itinerary while the Chinese Grand Prix has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Turkish Grand Prix, previously held between 2005 and 2011, will take place on Nov. 15, Daily Sabah said.