With the imminent FIA-imposed May 1 deadline for Bahrain to indicate that it is in a position to host its Grand Prix, which was scheduled to open the season on March 13, the circuit has issued a non-commital statement.
Istanbul Park's exciting high-speed multi apex Turn 8 will play an important part in tyre wear and hence race strategy in next weekend's fourth round of the FIA Formula 1 world championship.
The Chinese Grand Prix was a superb race for pure entertainment value. But in amongst it all, the strategists will have noted interesting things.
Tony Fernandes and the Malaysian consortium behind Team Lotus has confirmed the purchase of the Caterham Cars business at an event at Duxford Aerodrome in England.
The FIA will consult with teams and drivers in Istanbul about whether or not to use DRS (Drag Reduction System) rear wings in Monaco.
The Turkish GP at Istanbul Park on May 8 could well be the last one. The race was first held in 2005 after the Turks signed a seven-year deal with Bernie Ecclestone.
Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed stories about a rumoured F1 buy-out by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in collaboration with the world's richest man, Carlos Slim -- the owner of Telmex - and, possibly, a car manufacturer, which speculation suggests is Ferrari.
News Corp is said to be investigating a potential takeover bid for Formula One.
Chinese GP - Race Report
Chinese GP - Sunday Photos
Chinese GP - Sunday Press Conference
Chinese GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Chinese GP - Race Results
Chinese GP - Race Notes
Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) leading light Martin Whitmarsh believes that Formula 1 needs to engage more with commercial rights holders CVC Capital Partners and Bernie Ecclestone.
In Malaysia Jenson Button benefited from having more tyres available in the race, using his advantage to overcome his team mate. In China, however, the boot could be on the other foot after Button had two option tyre runs in Q3 to Hamilton's one.
Despite Lewis Hamilton reckoning that McLaren can give Red Bull "a run for their money" in the Chinese Grand Prix, team principal Martin Whitmarsh admits that the outfit needs another big jump.
Chinese GP - Qualifying Report
Chinese GP - Saturday Photos
Chinese GP - Saturday Press Conference
Chinese GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Chinese GP - Qualifying Results
Chinese GP - Practice 3 Report
Chinese GP - Practice 3 Results
Chinese GP - Practice 2 Report
Chinese GP - Friday Photos
Chinese GP - Friday Press Conference
Chinese GP - Friday Team Quotes
Chinese GP - Practice 2 Results
Chinese GP - Practice 1 Report
Chinese GP - Practice 1 Results
Chinese GP - Thursday Press Conference
Renault management believes that podium finishes on tracks as different as Melbourne and Singapore bodes well for the season ahead.
Malaysian GP - Race Report
Malaysian GP - Sunday Photos
Malaysian GP - Sunday Press Conference
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton both had 20 seconds added to their elapsed race times in the Malaysian GP as a result of rule contraventions in their on-track battle that resulted in Alonso having to pit for a new nose.
Malaysian GP - Race Results
Malaysian GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Malaysian GP - Race Notes
At the Melbourne season-opener there was a question mark over Ferrari's true pace. Track temperatures were low, Ferraris are traditionally easy on their rubber.
Mercedes has denied that the near two-second gap between Sebastian Vettel's pole position and Nico Rosberg's ninth placed grid time is an accurate reflection of the current F1 state of play.
Malaysian GP - Qualifying Report
Malaysian GP - Saturday Photos
Malaysian GP - Saturday Press Conference
Malaysian GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Malaysian GP - Qualifying Results
Malaysian GP - Practice 3 Report
Malaysian GP - Practice 3 Results
Malaysian GP - Practice 2 Report
Malaysian GP - Friday Photos
Malaysian GP - Friday Press Conference
Malaysian GP - Friday Team Quotes
Despite hopes for a much stronger showing in Malaysia than Melbourne, Ferrari suffered a bad first day at Sepang with Felipe Massa sixth, 1.2s behind the Red Bull pace, and Fernando Alonso another half a second and three slots further back.
Jerome D'Ambrosio missed out on the second session of free practice in Malaysia as a result of damage sustained after a suspension failure in the morning session.
Red Bull's margin of superiority in Melbourne has sparked more debate in Malaysia, specifically surrounding the front wing of the RB7, which its rivals believe runs lower than the spirit of the F1 regulations intend.
Renault team principal Eric Boullier has explained that it was a new batch of uprights that caused the problems in first free practice for Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov.
Malaysian GP - Practice 2 Results
Malaysian GP - Practice 1 Report
Malaysian GP - Practice 1 Results
Mark Webber is confident of a stronger Malaysian Grand Prix after disappointment at home in Melbourne, but was tight-lipped about the specifics of the car problems that afflicted him in Melbourne.
Malaysian GP - Thursday Press Conference
With Kuala Lumpur suffering regular tropical storms around the start time for qualifying and the race in Malaysia this weekend, Michael Schumacher shrugged off any suggestion that the track action should revert to an earlier start time.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso denied that the season-opening race was any kind of disaster for the team but says that he believes Ferrari can have a much better weekend and be significantly more competitive in Malaysia.
Accounts filed at UK's Companies House reveal that F1 teams earned 21% more prize money in 2010, up from $544m to $658m.
After a difficult Australian GP in which he could only finish fifth, Mark Webber should be helped in Malaysia by set-up issues discovered post-Melbourne.
FIA president Jean Todt has been asked by the European Commission to set up electric-powered racing championships for single-seaters, saloons and karts as a means of fostering interest in new technologies.
After a successful F1 baptism in Melbourne, Pirelli is predicting that the demands of the Malaysian Sepang circuit will lead to more pit stops in the second round of the F1 World Championship this coming weekend.
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says that a measure of his team will be the manner in which is reacts to a disappointing season-opening race in Melbourne.
Lewis Hamilton thinks that next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix will provide a better indication of respective 2011 car performance than Melbourne.