Finally F1 had reached India after 14 years when 2011 Calendar was announced.India was to host the Oct 2011 F1.Then it was changed to December including Bahrain Grand Prix.Now finally India will be hosting in October and Bahrain has backed out avoiding the pressure that will add by extending the F1 duration.
The venue for the first Formula One Grand Prix in India has been named the ‘Buddh International Circuit’.
Number of Laps – 60
Circuit Length – 5.13 Km with 16 Corners
Average Speed – 210 Km/hr
Max Speed – 320 Km/hr
Lap Time – 1 min 17 Sec
Seating Capacity – 1,50,000
FIA needs to approve for the race to take place.The construction is not yet completed.
It will be part of the 2,500-acre Jaypee Greens Sports City, which is planned to include a 100,000-seat cricket stadium, 18-hole golf course, 25,000-seat hockey stadium and a sports academy.The farmers land issue in UP was also related to the development adjacent this sports city.
The circuit has been designed by world-renowned F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke, and has cost 400 million dollars.This is one of the world’s fastest circuit.
There is also a strong criticism for the sudden venue change as many have purchased tickets.
Narain Karthikeyan made a baby step into FI world as driver.Mallya launched Force India – F1 Team with Adrian Sutil as driver and now India is hosting F1.
I cherish my memories of watching Indianapolis Grand Prix in 2007 along with Sudarsan,Sathya and Sugumar.