‘Turkish government refused to pay’

Date published: January 11 2013

Turkey won’t return this season after the government refused to help cover the cost of hosting the grand prix.

With the calendar down to 19 races after New Jersey failed to deliver, there had been talk of Turkey taking the 20th slot on the calendar.

Earlier this week, though, Bernie Ecclestone announced that negotiations had broken down due to a lack of financial agreement.

Now the local Hurriyet Daily News had added to that revealing that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoga vetoed the deal.

The newspaper claims that “the project, set to cost Turkey around 20 million dollars in total, was supposed to receive 13 million dollars of state funding.

“Erdo─čan, however, did not give his approval, and the project fell apart.”