So many people from our increasing tribe of automobile enthusiasts must have booked tickets to watch the first ever Indian Formula 1 GP and they all must be all set to go to the Greater Noida racetrack. Here is some of the information needed to help one understand the track perfectly.
BASIC FACTS :
Name: Buddh International Circuit
Circuit length: 5.137 kms
Number of turns: 16
Number of laps: 60 Race distance: 308 km (approx)
Race marshals (Indian): 230
Race marshals (from abroad): 100
The Buddh International Circuit has been designed by the legendary F1 track designer,Hermann Tilke. And it was designed with the intention of making it one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar. How far the designer has succeeded? Come October end and we will get to see how much tough Tilke has made the circuit to be.
Cars are predicted to average a speed of around 210 kph, reaching maximum speeds of 320 kph. This should make BIC the second-fastest racetrack on the circuit after Monza. The track will also have the gradient change within the first three corners itself amounting to 14 metres.
Someone who wishes to see F1 cars going fast(er) is likely to have a good vantage point between Turns 3 and 4, between which is the longest straight on the track. Cars will hit their high speeds here, before having to brake quickly for the Turn 4 which is a tight right-hander
Turns 10, 11 and 12 have been designed to form a rather tricky hairpin of sorts that need to be negotiated by the driver by having to brake and steer simultaneously. This also means different drivers can be safely expected to follow different racing lines through the corner. And this clearly means that there are fair possibilities of overtaking as well as of cars going off track! Sure seems to be interesting.
So, the excitement in the air coupled with these basic facts clearly depict that the Indian F1 GP is going to be an event to look forward to. I am pretty much sure that thousands of pairs of eyes will be glued on to TV sets and those lucky few who have been successful in obtaining tickets to the event are sure to have one of its kind experience at the ground zero.