Finishing touches being given to Buddh F1 Circuit

October 18th, 2011 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Greater Noida, Oct 18 (IANS) The track at the Buddh International Circuit is ready and work is on at a frenetic pace to give the finishing touches to the venue of the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix Oct 30.

The 5.14-km track was unveiled to the media Tuesday even as it gets dressed up, and the organisers Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) are confident everything will be spic and span in the next one week.

As of now, construction site rubble is still there and the site itself needs dusting. The open spaces and construction work in areas around the circuit are making it difficult to for the organisers to keep the dust at bay.

Landscaping is going on at all the entry points of BIC and when completed, should enhance the overall look of the venue.

Sameer Gaur, MD and CEO of JPSI, allayed any apprehensions, saying everything will be in order well before the pit lane opens for lap formation and there is nothing to worry about.

“We are cleaning the track twice a day but since the work on the stands is still taking place, the dust gets on to the track. Once the work on the stands is over, the circuit can be taken care of,” Gaur said.

“Today was an important day. There is no concern as of now, whatever little needs to be done to spruce up the place will be completed in seven days.”

The track has been divided into four zones — north, west, east and south and the longest stretch is 1.4 km, which comes after turn three, where the cars can zip up to speeds of 320 km/hr. The undulations on the track will spice up the race with the first blind corner coming seconds after the starting grid.

Safety of the drivers is paramount for the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and this becomes evident on visiting the medical center at the BIC.

The drivers can be treated in the state-of the-art medical facility within minutes of an accident. The center has an operation theatre, X-ray room and specially made burn and doping area. Ten medical booths will be placed around the circuit and if needed drivers will be airlifted to the hospital from the helipad at the venue.

Adjacent to the medical center is the pit building where the team’s will work on their cars. And if they want to unwind, a swanky team building has been built behind the pits. A total of 24 pit garages and 12 team buildings will be at the disposal of the teams and delegates.

Around 100,000 fans are expected to watch the high-adrenaline action and their concerns have been kept in mind.
Three stands are in place on each side of the track. The 20,000 capacity Grandstand offers the best view but the design of the circuit allows fans to see the cars zipping past from the other stands too.

Swiss race driver Neel Jani drove a Red Bull car around the circuit while India’s first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan, who will be competing in the race, drove a commercial Mercedes during the track unveiling event.

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