Formula One races have always been a hot favourite of most Indians. And now, they would not have to fly to other countries to get a first hand experience of the exciting races. Yes, India is coming up with F1 racing track in Jaypee Green Sports City, about 32km from the National Capital, New Delhi.
We know that it could not get any better than that for all the F1 fanatics in India. The track has been designed by F1 circuit design legend Hermann Tilke and has undergone a number of modifications to make it even more exciting. The circuit is scheduled for a 2011 debut and consists of twists and turns through 16 corners covering 5.1km a lap. The track mostly contains medium speed corners where F1 cars would lap at an average speed of 210km/h.
The track design has undergone a number of revisions. The most important one being the Turn 3, which has been made wider now so as to allow F1 cars to go side by side adding to overtaking and drama which then continues onto the long back straight good for 320km/h before slowing down for turn 4. After an array of analysis and simulations, race organisers have concluded to modify Turn 7, in order to maximise overtaking opportunities.
Grand Stands of capacity 13,000 will welcome the cars at turn 1o and 11. The main grand stand has a capacity to accommodate 30,000 spectators, adding to the total capacity of 120,000. Selling the tickets is not a concern with the race organisers as they believe that Indian driver Karun Chandhok and local team Force India will pull in the crowd.
Track boss Mark Hughes said “Karun’s presence on the F1 grid has certainly whipped up a lot of interest in India.”
“The feedback from the teams has also been very encouraging and we hope the race will speak for itself,” he added.
This track would assist India to host a number of other events too, such as the A1 GP, Moto GP, Touring cars, Asia level events and so on. The Delhi circuit will not only get India a global recognition but also serve as an inspiration for the budding racing drivers. The circuit will witness the performance of Indian driver like Karun Chandhok and the Force India team in its debut race.