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Indian F1 Track Buddh International Revealed to the world

by TNN Posted on 19 Oct 2011 230 Views

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Over 5,000 workers and 300 engineers and officers have worked round-the-clock to get the track

It promised to be spectacular and it has lived up to the billing. The Buddh International Circuit, India's first Formula One circuit, was unveiled to the world on Tuesday - just 12 days before the inaugural Airtel Indian Grand Prix on October 30 - beaming in the mellow October sun. Jaypee Sports International Ltd has pumped in $400 million (Rs 2000 crore) in the construction of the track, which showed in its worldclass look and finish. If there were doubts in some minds over the infrastructure, more so following the Delhi Commonwealth Games debacle just over a year ago, they were dispelled by what was on show.

Over 5,000 workers and 300 engineers and officers have worked round-the-clock to get the track - over 350 hectares - ready in time. "The CWG experience was really shameful. We at the JPSI took the F1 track as a challenge and its success will be a fitting statement to the world. We are aware of the fact that India can't afford another debacle," Jaypee Group founder Jai Prakash Gaur told the media.

 

 

 

 

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While F1 might be a new concept for India, people are getting ready to grab the opportunity to watch 24 of the world's best drivers in the country. "About 70% of the tickets have already been sold. 90 % of the corporate boxes are also sold and only about five are remaining," JPSI MD Sameer Gaur told TOI. The F1 carnival has already started rolling into the country. "A total cargo of about 600 tonnes is supposed to come in. About 70 containers have already reached the track from Yeongam (South Korea) without any hitch and are safely in the team garages," Gaur informed.

 

The only Indian assured to drive in the Indian GP, Narain Karthikeyan, dubbed the BIC as one of the 'top five' tracks in the world. "I've driven on the track here in Greater Noida and I believe it is one of the best tracks in the world. One of the unique features of the track is 14m elevation which is hardly seen anywhere else in the world," Karthikeyan said on Monday .

 

 

BIC among top 5 tracks in the world: Karthikeyan

 

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