Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat was presented on the podium as the leader of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. Turkey is the only country in the world to recognise this state following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The stunt brought Formula One into disrepute and received widespread condemnation.
Next year the magnificent Suzuka circuit which has hosted Grands Prix wince 1986 will not play hos to Formula One as Toyota have put up more money to take the race to the underwhelming Fuji Speedway. But apparently using your Grand Prix to glorify a coup d’etat is fair game.