As we all know next year India would be seeing the first ever Formula one Indian Grand Prix. After years of speculations with respect to the location and then issues with Government of India who stated that F1 is not a sport, finally Bernie gave a thumbs up for the Indian GP to be held in October 2011 at Jaypee Greater Noida. The organizers are going to be a consortium called JPSK Sports, which is owned by the Jaypee Group. They are investing a sum close to $350 Mill. The track is coming up at a location 35k’s outside Delhi in Greater Noida and it is called Sports City. They have signed a 10-year deal to host the event.
Below are some of the specialties of the circuit in India.
The track is being designed by father of modern F1 circuits, F1 architect Hermann Tilke. He has designed circuits at Sepang, Shanghai, the Yas Marina, Bahrain, Turkey, Valencia and Korea.
There is a state of the art curved roof grand stand at turn 10 and 11 which has a capacity of 30,000 people bringing the total capacity of the circuit to an overwhelming 1,20,000. This would be the highest participation of spectators on the F1 calendar.
This track is designed to be 5.1 Km long and contains 16 corners. The average speed expected of the cars is around 210 kph. The maximum speed that a car would reach is about 320kmph at turn 4 making this track fastest in the world.
The designers ran many simulator tests and have designed the track in such a way that the drivers would be able to overtake at turn 3 and turn 7.
With Force India and Karun Chandok, I don’t think organizers need to think much. I am sure that filling up of seats wont be a major issue.
The track is expected to be complete by July 20. Right now JPSK sports are looking for Marshalls, Track officials and the medical staff. You want to become a marshall then go to this link http://immc.in/ and register.
I wish all the luck to JPSK sports and hope to see a great race next year.