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F1 racing in India-F1 Indian Grand Prix track Buddh International Circuit (BIC)
This article gives some very important features and facts about the new F1 race track constructed and ready for the fist Formula One Grand Prix event in India. As the F1 event is the first in India many will be interested to know about the track like length, laps, maximum speed, etc. This article is useful to them.
What is the name of the 2011, F1 India Grand Prix race track?
At first the race track was known as Jaypee Circuit following the name of owner group, but the owners have renamed it 'Buddh International Circuit '(BIC)
What is the logo for BIC
The logo is like a capital 'B' with the colours orange and green. The explanation for this is that B stands for Buddh and the colours are similar to that in India flag. The curves of B signify the curves in the race track(see image below).
Where the BIC track is is located
The Buddh International Circuit F1 race track is located inside Jaypee Sports City, in Great Noida, near the Yamuna Expressway connecting Noida and Agra and is at a distance of 40 kms from New Delhi.
Who has constructed the Buddh International Circuit
The BIC track is constructed by Jaypee Sports International (JSPI). The BIC track is designed by Herman Tilke, a German engineer and auto racer. Inputs from Bernie Ecclestone have also gone into the track. Jaypee Group also sought and got feedback and inputs from Karun Chandok and other F1 drivers.
What are the other facts about the track
- Total length of the track- 5.14km
- Total number of turns(corners) along the track - 16
- Elevation at highest point - 14m
- Width of the track: - 18m – 20m (varying between this at various points)
- Top speed expected – 320 km ph
- Average speed – 210 kmph
- Total race length – 308.22 km
- Total laps required – 60.
What are the main features of BIC track for F1 India GP
The Indian track (Buddh International Circuit is expected to be one among the fastest Formula One race tracks in the world. It is guessed that average lap-time on this track would be about 1 min 24 sec. The main straight which gives the drivers the maximum speed is expected to allow the top speed of 320 kmph. With 16 corners around, the average speed is expected to be at 210 kmph. The special feature for this Indian F1 track is the tighter apexes at the corners to enable drivers to have more opportunities for overtaking, The other feature 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 multi-apex turns in sequence 10-11-12 are the commendable sections of this track, tightening at the right hand clockwise exit which may exert high load on tyres. The pit lane with 600 m length is one of the longest in F1.The track is also built taking into consideration other motor sports including Superbike championships.
Some more details about this track
The capacity for viewers is 15000000 in all. The tickets range from Rs 2500 to INR 35000. Mr Mallya , head of Indain Rcaing federeation wanted to have a track on Janpath, where Republic Day parade is held. The track was thought to be made at Hyderabad, as the then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Naidu was much interested in it. But as the govt changed, this did not happen.
How do the present F1 drivers feel about the BIC track?
Most drivers have commented with appreciation about the track after their preliminary familiarization or after qualifying race.
Michael Schumacher said. "It offers a good tactical perspective for overtaking, for having a good show and hopefully makes the Indian fans enjoy Formula One after this weekend."
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso said the Buddh circuit was similar to some of Tilke's other tracks, with a long straight followed by a twisty middle section, but welcomed the use of a more flowing final sector
McLaren driver Jenson Button compared the circuit to Spa Francorchamps in Belgium and Suzuka in Japan—high praise as they are often cited as the two tracks most relished by F1 drivers. He was especially enthusiastic about the blind entry to the Turn 3 hairpin, which is at the crest of a hill, similar to the famous Eau Rouge turn at Spa.
India's very own Narain Karthikeyan, said "the organisers have done a pretty job with the circuit. With the circuit, again like everybody else, it is wide in some places, I am sure lots of different lines you are going to see, lots of overtaking," he said. "It is definitely a very challenging circuit with lots of run off areas and so on.
Now over to BIC track at the 2011 F1 Indian Grand Prix on 30 th October.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. In spite of whatever has been said and described to really see the efficacy of the track; one has to witness the real race .The vrooooms ...on 30th October2011 at the BIC track will tell all.
((images thanks to: sports. in.msn.com, and formula1onlive.com)
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