Indian Grand Prix organisers promise successful race
Organisers of the inaugural race keen to distance themselves from the Commonwealth Games scandal
The venue for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix has been named the Buddh International Circuit, after the district in which it is based.
The announcement came on the same day the chief organiser of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi was arrested amid investigations into allegations of corruption, and the race’s organisers were keen to distance themselves from the scandal.
“Our country’s reputation is there. We are responsible people,” said Manoj Gaur, the executive chairman of the construction company behind the Indian track.
“The track is ready and the homologation of the facility will be done in July as per the timetable of the FIA.
“I would like to tell you that the track is ready. We are in the process of getting the grandstands ready. We will show the world that India can host international motor racing events.”
The 3.194-mile 16-turn track, designed by German architect and racetrack designer Hermann Tilke, features high-speed straights and significant track elevations to help improve overtaking opportunities.
The circuit will host its first grand prix on 30 October subject to FIA approval at the end of July, and will form part of the Jaypee Sports City which will include a 100,000-seater cricket stadium, hockey arena, sports training academy, and other sports infrastructure over 2,500 acres.
The circuit also hopes to expand beyond F1 to host other international motorsport series in the coming years.
Seating capacity of the $400m (£234m) circuit is 150,000 and it remains to be seen whether the Indian track can make tickets affordable to entice local Indians to watch F1, a sport which can be an expensive hobby.
The lure of Force India, and at least one Indian driver on the grid in Hispania’s Narain Karthikeyan, along with the possibility of Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok also taking part in the weekend will go some way to inspiring a strong home crowd.