Monday, September 12, 2011

Buddh International Circuit

The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India will host the first Formula One Indian Grand Prix on October 30, 2011. The recently completed racing track is 5.14km in lenght with sitting capacity of 96,636. The main grandstand can sit 30,000 spectators. The circuit originally named, Jaypee International Race Circuit after it's owner Jaypee Sports International had its name changed to Buddh International Circuit in April 2011. The name Buddh is derived from Buddha and represents peace and calm. It is also in reference to the Gautam Buddh Nagar district in which the circuit is located, itself named after the Gautama Buddha

Designed by the renowned German architect and racetrack designer, Herman Tilke, who also happens to be the man behind tracks such as Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, Indonesia, and UAE to name a few, the Indian circuit is touted to be one of the fastest circuits. Highlights include a long straight with a small dip, a long corner where the cars can drive at speeds in excess of 250km/h as well as a blind curve created by elevation changes. The track also features wide stretches to allow for overtaking and to ensure an entertaining race. Drivers who have tested the track on the simulators have said that it is one of the most exciting tracks and that they are looking forward to racing on it next year. Incidentally, the drivers have been able to complete a lap on the circuit in about 82 seconds while testing on the simulator, so it sure is a fast track

On the coming Grand Prix, an estimated of 150,000 spectators are expected to attend over the 3 days period. The tickets, which are fast selling out, cost Rs. 6,000 to 35,000. The cheapest, priced at Rs. 2,500, were sold out within hours after booking opened. Each of these is valid for all three days of the event. But, the high-profile after parties cost extra. An average table at one of these star-studded dos, being organised by the official F1 party partner Amber Lounge at Hotel Claridges in Surajkund, costs Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 10 lakh.