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Sebastian Vettel wins inaugural Indian Grand Prix

TNN & Agencies | Oct 30, 2011, 04.34PM IST


NEW DELHI: Reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel scorched his way to clinch the inaugural Indian Grand Prix as Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso finished second and third respectively.

Vettel led from start to finish, maintaining a comfortable buffer throughout to finish 8.4 seconds ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso a distant third.

The race saw yet another collision between McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa to intensify their rivalry, with Massa in the wrong and given a pit drive-through penalty before later breaking his front suspension and retiring from the race.
Red Bull's Mark Webber was fourth, ahead of the Mercedes pair of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

Sahara Force India's Adrain Sutil, who started the race from eighth position, finished at 9th and his fellow driver Paul di Resta finished at 13th position.

India's Narain Karthikeyan, who drives for Hispania Racing, started at the 23rd position, finished at17th position.

Vettel cruises to victory in India

By Alan Baldwin

NOIDA, India | Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:44pm IST

(Reuters) – Red Bull's double world champion Sebastian Vettel ran away with the inaugural Indian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday for his 11th victory in 17 races this season.

On a dusty and bittersweet afternoon at the new Buddh International Circuit, the 24-year-old German led every lap of the race after starting from pole position. He also set the fastest lap right at the finish.

As if those landmarks were not enough, Vettel also set a record for the most laps led in a single season by any driver, leapfrogging Britain's 1992 champion Nigel Mansell in the statisticians' lists.

Both championships have already been won by Vettel and his team.

Britain's Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion, consolidated his grip on second place overall by finishing 8.4 seconds behind the German, while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took third place a further 15.8 seconds adrift.

"Yes boys, we did it," shouted Vettel after cricket great Sachin Tendulkar brought down the chequered flag. "First Indian Grand Prix, great job."

Vettel now has 374 points with two races remaining, McLaren's Button 240, Alonso 227 and Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber — who finished fourth after starting on the front row — 221.

The champion celebrated on the podium by drinking champagne from the gleaming silver trophy after being joined in celebration by Red Bull technical head Adrian Newey but struck a more sombre mood afterwards.

The afternoon may not have been a thriller but, coming at the end of a grim month for motorsport with two high-profile race fatalities on successive weekends, that was almost a relief.


Teams and drivers held a minute's silence, standing stock still on the grid with just the hum of generators, before the race in memory of double Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon and MotoGP showman Marco Simoncelli.

Button, a friend and rival of Wheldon's early in their careers in Britain, dedicated the race to them while Vettel paid his own tribute.

"I have mixed feelings," the German added. "I am very, very happy. The first GP in India and I'm very proud to be the first winner. But looking back at the last weekends, we lost two of our mates."

McLaren's 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa again collided, their sixth on-track clash of the season. The Brazilian was handed a drive through penalty for causing the collision and later retired with a broken front suspension.

British comedy actor Rowan Atkinson, 'Mr Bean', grimaced in disbelief and shook his fists theatrically at the screen in the McLaren garage.

"Felipe just turned in on me, he didn't give me any space," shouted Hamilton, who had to pit for a new front wing while Massa continued, over the team radio.

Hamilton, who had qualified in second place but had a three place grid penalty after ignoring warning flags in practice, finished seventh behind the Mercedes pairing of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari was eighth for Toro Rosso while Germany's Adrian Sutil ensured Force India scored points in their home race in ninth place.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by John O'Brien; For Reuters sports blog Left Field go to:

Vettel takes pole in inaugural Indian F1 race

  • Associated Press
  • Last updated on Saturday, 29 October 2011 15:31

Greater Noida: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position Saturday for the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix.


Vettel's time of 1 minute, 24.178 seconds around Buddh International Circuit was three tenths of a second faster than McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who will drop down to fifth as a result of a rules infringement in Friday practice.

Red Bull's Mark Webber was third fastest, ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Jenson Button.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa qualified seventh despite a heavy crash on the final lap when his right-front suspension broke going over a curb, sending him skidding into a barrier.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, Force India's Adrian Sutil and Toro Rosso pair Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari completed the top 10.

Indian Grand Prix: Massa tops practice 2

  • Agence France-Presse
  • Last updated on Friday, 28 October 2011 16:45

Greater Noida: Ferrari's Felipe Massa upset the form books with the quickest practice drive on Friday as Lewis Hamilton suffered yet another setback on Formula One's first ever day of action in India.


Massa conquered Buddh International Circuit's dusty new track with a time of 1min 25.706sec, beating recently crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso in an incident-packed opening day.

Hamilton was fourth in the second session but his miserable season had already taken another turn for the worse when he was hit by a three-place grid penalty for ignoring a safety flag in Friday's morning run.

The 2008 champion for McLaren, who is fifth in the overall standings and recently split from his Pussycat Dolls girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, started the day brightly when he was fastest in the first session.

But Hamilton will be unable to start from the front row in Sunday's race after his sanction for ignoring yellow flags warning him that marshalls were close to the track.

"It hasn't been the best of Fridays," Hamilton admitted. "I'm a bit frustrated at myself, it's my fault as usual so I just have to do what I can from wherever I qualify tomorrow.

"I have no one else to blame, it's only me driving. (But) it's not the end of the world and I can still recover from it."

Sauber's Mexican driver Sergio Perez received an identical penalty for ignoring flags at the same turn.

The Buddh course, named after Lord Buddha, claimed a number of victims on its opening day including Virgin's Jerome d'Ambrosio, whose right rear wheel was ripped off after he slid out and crashed into a barrier.

Williams' Pastor Maldonado was forced out of the first session when his car started pluming smoke, and his second run wound up in a gravel trap after he lost control of his rear end.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was fifth fastest in the afternoon practice as he vies to snatch second spot in the overall standings from McLaren's Jenson Button, who was just behind him in sixth.

"It was looking good for us (McLaren) to qualify from pole at some stage we now have less hopes for that," Hamilton said. "But tomorrow could be a different day."

Two recent deaths in motorsports have cast a shadow over India's first Grand Prix, which is taking place at a purpose-built, $400 million facility on a barren development site near New Delhi.

India's corporate organisers of the race are under pressure to deliver a smooth event after the embarrassment of last year's poorly organised Commonwealth Games in the national capital.

Morning practice was briefly halted when a stray dog ran onto the track, among a series of minor glitches including power cuts and a bat trapped in the media centre.

Indian hope Narain Karthikeyan was last in the second practice standings for HRT after coming in seven seconds slower than Massa.

Felipe Massa heads Sebastian Vettel in India practice

Page last updated at 10:56 GMT, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:56 UK

By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport at the Buddh International Circuit

Indian Grand Prix

  • Venue: Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida
  • Date: 28-30 October
  • Timings: Saturday 29 October: Practice three – 0630-0730; Qualifying – 0930-1030. Sunday 30 October: Race – 0930
  • Coverage: BBC One coverage of qualifying and race, Radio 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra coverage of all sessions. Live video, audio and text coverage of all sessions on the BBC Sport website

Highlights – Indian GP second practice

Ferrari's Felipe Massa was an unlikely pace-setter on the first day of action at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian eclipsed Red Bull's double world champion Sebastian Vettel by 0.088 seconds with Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso third.

Lewis Hamilton was fourth with McLaren team-mate Jenson Button sixth.

But Hamilton has been handed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday's race after failing to slow down for yellow caution flags in the first session.

That means no matter how fast Hamilton goes during qualifying he cannot start in pole position for the second race in a row.

Even if you start down in fifth or sixth you can still win on a circuit like this

Jenson Button 2009 world champion

The Englishman and Sauber's Sergio Perez were both penalised for ignoring double-waved yellow flags – used to warn the field to slow down – when marshals were on track to retrieve Pastor Maldonado's stricken Williams in first practice.

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale described the penalty as "fair" but added that Hamilton said he had made a mistake.

The stewards have punished Hamilton more than any other driver this season; most notably he received two drive-through penalties in Monaco.

Hamilton ended the day 0.748 seconds adrift of Massa's surprise benchmark of one minute 25.706secs with Button over a second off the mark.

"I genuinely think they [Ferrari] are very fast," said Button. "Whether they are that much faster I don't know.

"On my lap, I had traffic in the last sector plus a few other things and for my new tyre run I had a new set-up change which didn't work for me.

From an emotional point of view it was a nice little moment and I was pleasantly surprised how quick the circuit was

Karun Chandhok Team Lotus

"When we went back for the long run, the car felt very good and I'm very happy with the pace.

"There is a lot of dust but surprisingly there is quite a lot of grip out there.

When asked whether the team's focus is now on him following Hamilton's penalty, Button said: "No, I've won from last before so the focus is still on both cars getting as far up the grid as possible.

"Even if you start down in fifth or sixth you can still win on a circuit like this."

F1 entered the unknown as the sport made its debut in India at the Buddh International Circuit built 25 miles outside the capital city of Delhi.

The undulating, high-speed circuit, designed by F1's favourite architect Hermann Tilke, sits in the midst of farmland and the drivers battled with dust and lack of grip on the 'green' track.

Jaime Alguersuari crashed out when he slid his Toro Rosso into the barriers late on in the first session and in second practice Jerome d'Ambrosio found the barriers at high-speed at the exit of Turn 10.

A lot of drivers were also caught out at Turns Eight and Nine, including Vettel who had a rough ride across the grass – some of which BBC 5 live commentator David Croft said was in fact earth that had been sprayed with green paint.

Alonso only completed four laps after stopping out on track with an engine issue in the first session but the Spaniard found his rhythm later on and was just 0.224secs off's Massa's leading time.

"Overall it was a good day," said Alonso. "We had an engine problem in the first session but it didn't affect our programme much as we know in the first session the track conditions weren't good enough.


  • Sebastian Vettel – 10 wins
  • Jenson Button – 3 wins
  • Lewis Hamilton – 2 wins
  • Fernando Alonso – 1 win

"Today was a good day in terms of performance. Both cars are in the top three and we have no big issues with the balance of the car.

"We are more optimistic today than yesterday but we know the potential of McLaren and Red Bull and we know that in qualifying they will be strong and favourites for pole."

Massa added: "I think the car was good and competitive. We'll see tomorrow how Red Bull and McLaren were running in terms of fuel.

"The circuit was very dirty and off-line it was very difficult but it's a nice track.

"The asphalt is so smooth and the [tyre] degradation is much lower than expected."

The front wing on the Ferrari has, however, been raising eyebrows as it appeared to visibly flex. Last season, suspicions about the flexibility of the Red Bull front wing led to governing body the FIA increasing front-wing load tests.

Michael Schumacher is the most famous F1 driver in India but Mercedes chose to focus on long runs in the second session and the seven-time world champion, who had been fifth fastest in the morning, ended the day 21st.


  • Sebastian Vettel – 349 pts
  • Jenson Button – 222
  • Fernando Alonso -212
  • Mark Webber – 209
  • Lewis Hamilton – 196

It was a positive start to the weekend for Force India at the race they regard as their spiritual home grand prix with Adrian Sutil seventh and Paul di Resta ninth.

There was an amusing tussle between Sutil and Indian Karun Chandhok, who lost out on a race seat at his home race this weekend as Team Lotus decided to stick with regular driver Jarno Trulli.

Chandhok had tried to be the first car out of the pit lane on Friday but Sutil beat him to it so Chandhok made a cheeky pass on his installation lap to make sure he recorded the first lap time on the Indian circuit.

"It was a nice little present from the team to the fans to let me do one timed lap," said Chandhok, who was still more than a second slower than Trulli in first practice.

"From an emotional point of view it was a nice little moment and I was pleasantly surprised how quick the circuit was."

The session was stopped for five minutes shortly after Chandhok and Sutil's tussle when a stray dog wandered onto the track.

Renault driver Bruno Senna has had first-hand experience of the seriousness of those sort of interventions on track as he had to retire from a GP2 race after colliding with a dog at Istanbul Park three years ago.

India welcomes the glamorous world of F1

Formula One | Posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:32pm IST

Greater Noida: Deafening noise, smell of burning tyres, skimpily-clad models and free-flowing beer gave India the first taste of the glamorous world of Formula One that came alive at the swanky Buddh International Circuit (BIC) here on Friday.

Till a couple of days back the circuit was nothing but a dust bowl, though things have not improved much, the festivities and the enthusiasm was enough for the fans to ignore all the negatives surrounding India's maiden Formula One race on Sunday.

Despite the teething problems, the first day of the race came as a pleasant surprise for the fans, who were welcomed by the ear-piercing sounds of "vroom vroom" even two kilometres away from the track.

Even Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, who was apprehensive about India's preparations for the race, couldn't hide his smile and said: "Super… The track is super."

For birthday boy Ecclestone, who turned 81 on Friday, it was a pleasant surprise on a new territory that holds a promising future for the sport.

"They have done everything we wanted them to do, within two or three years of us reaching an agreement. It took Silverstone 25 years, so I think they have done well," said the Englishman, while acknowledging the birthday wishes from his peers.

The Formula One has a huge fan base in countries where locals have little to cheer about. But Indians have more than a reason — Force India, Narain Karthikeyan and waiting-in-the-wings Karun Chandhok — to embrace the sport.

The fans, who turned up for Friday's practice session, cheered wildly for Hispania's Karthikeyan, Team Lotus's Chandhok, and Force India's Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta.

"We have an Indian team and Indian drivers. What more do we want," said Vijay Kaushik, a die-hard motorsport fan.

Both Karthikeyan and Chandhok made the most of the 90-minute session, doing 30 and 24 laps on a dusty surface where all drivers struggled to get a grip on their tyres.

Fans, however, were disheartened that Chandhok will not take part in the race.

"I wish we had two Indian drivers in the race. But today we are lucky to see them driving," said teenager Trisha Patel, sporting a Ferrari jersey.

The swanky merchandising shops were a good reason for the fans to splurge while long queues were witnessed outside the beer stalls. But it were the ear plugs, which were selling like hot cakes. Though even buying a burger may burn a hole in a fan's pocket, they don't mind it as they have already paid a huge amount to buy a three-day ticket.

"Formula One is the mother of all sports. This is the first time we are witnessing such a race. We don't mind being a little extravagant," said another fan.

Formula One drivers approve of track for Indian Grand Prix

AP Oct 27, 2011, 06.41PM IST

(Jarno Trulli, Rubens Barrichello, Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa, Narain Karthikeyan and Michael Schumacher during a press conference in Greater Noida. (AFP Photo))

NEW DELHI: Formula One drivers anticipate plenty of overtaking in this weekend's inaugural Indian Grand Prix after having their first view of the Buddh International Circuit on Thursday.

While some drivers had concerns about the amount of dust and dirt on the surface before Friday's first practice session, they were enthused about the good overtaking opportunities and intriguing undulating design.

The track was designed by Hermann Tilke, who is responsible for most of the recent tracks added to the F1 calendar. It features wide entrances to corners, which will allow drivers to choose alternative racing lines, aiding overtaking.

"It is a new sort of philosophy with this overtaking, with getting the circuits very wide at the entry," Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher said.

"It offers a good tactical perspective for overtaking, for having a good show, and hopefully make 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.

"This one looks very interesting, especially the last sector," Alonso said. "The last sector looks very different, it looks very quick. Reality is very different to the simulator, so we will see tomorrow."

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.

"It looks really good, it is going to take a few laps, may be a couple of hours for the circuit to actually clean up driving about," Button said. "But the layout; they have done a really good job. It has a good design, the entry to corners looks good for overtaking."

Drivers were likely to be cautious in Friday's first practice due to the lack of rubber on the dusty surface, with consequent low tire grip levels.

"It was still very dusty I should say," Force India driver Adrian Sutil said after his track inspection. "Still very dirty so we will have to see how it will be tomorrow morning."

With both the drivers and constructors' championships already decided in the favour of Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team, the final three races of the season have less at stake, and Alonso said this could benefit the spectacle as drivers may be "more aggressive" and "take a risk in qualifying."

Vettel has played down his quest to equal the records for most race wins in a season — he must win all three to equal Schumacher's 13 — and most pole positions — he needs two more to equal Nigel Mansell's 14 — but said history beckons in other ways.

"People say 'what is the motivation' but we are racing for the Grand Prix of India and it's the first time we are racing here," Vettel said.

F1 officials have confirmed there will be two DRS zones on the circuit rather than the standard one. The DRS — or Drag Reduction System — zones allow drivers to open the rear wings on their cars to catch up to the cars they are pursuing.


Noida F1 track unveiled to media

Wednesday 19th October 2011

With just 10 days to go for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Jaypee Group finally unveiled the Budd International Circuit on Tuesday.

By Mridubha Kumar and Shoumeshwar Sen
Within a span of four days, two architectural spectacles have come into existence in Noida. While October 14 saw the birth of a Rs.685-crore worth park unveiled by UP Chief Minister Mayawati, Tuesday saw the birth of India’s first-ever Formula One track.

The unveiling of the Buddh International Circuit and the day-long event planned for it was supposed to start from 10.30 am and was way behind schedule but it was definitely worth the wait. The media was escorted in busses to the BIC and the day started with a media brief before a tour of the circuit.

While the finishing touches remain and the outside of the circuit looks far from done with layers of dust and construction rubble still around, upon entering one would notice that the track and facilities are ready and of top quality. "Since the work on the stands is still taking place, the dust comes on to the track. There is no concern as of now, whatever little needs to be done to apply the finishing touches will be completed in seven days," Sameer Gaur, MD and CEO, Jaypee Sports International Ltd. assured.

To experience the thrill of the world-class track, luxury Mercedes cars took the media personnel on a lap of the circuit. BIC is an extremely fast track with some challenging turns, high speed corners and elevations designed to get the maximum out of a driver. The longest stretch is 1.4 km, which comes after turn three, where the cars will reach a maximum speed of 320 km/hr. The circuit has a seating capacity of about 100,000 people.

Addressing the media, founder of Jaypee Group, Jaiprakash Gaur brushed aside concerns of delays, security issues and farmer protests. “All systems are in place, all equipment is ready. F1 here will be such a success that it will help us overcome the shame that India faced due to the shoddy preparations for Commonwealth Games last year.”

The event concluded with Red Bull Racing’s Neel Jani driving the team’s challenger on track. With less than two weeks to go for the race weekend, the magnificent launch has surely left everyone waiting with baited breath. As India gears up to enter the world of F1, BIC is, as executive chairman of Jaypee Group Manoj Gaur said, “the greatest sporting infrastructure created in India by a private sector body”.


F1 ticket prices slashed by up to Rs 20K


Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 at 1925 hrs IST

Greater Noida: Jaypee Sports International Ltd (JSIL), that will host India's first ever F1 Grand Prix on its track this month-end, today said it has sold out 70 per cent of the total tickets available.

In order to give Formula One enthusiasts a chance to witness the race, the company has slashed ticket prices by up to Rs 20,000 for those who book it on this coming Sunday (October 23).

"We have already sold out about 70 per cent of the total tickets available and 90 per cent of the corporate boxes," JPSI's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sameer Gaur told reporters here.

He said with a lot of demand coming for the race tickets, the company has decided to slash the ticket prices for one day on October 23 on

Those who book a ticket for grand stand on that day will get it for Rs 15,000 per ticket as against the normal price of Rs 35,000.

Similarly, a classic stand ticket can be booked for just Rs 4,000 against the normal price of Rs 6,500, while that of picnic stand would be available for Rs 3,000 as compared to the usual price of Rs 6,000 per ticket.

JPSI Officer Sales Ishani Ghosh told PTI that apart from corporates like UB Group, Mercedes and Airtel, which are associated with the race, others like NIIT, Punj Lloyd and MTS Mobile have also booked corporate boxes.

"There are about 55 corporate boxes and each box has 30 seats," she said.

JPSI had earlier stated it expects to garner about Rs 150 crore from ticket sales of the race.

फार्मूला वन ग्रांड प्री का हुआ उद्घाटन, 30 अक्‍टूबर से शुरू होगी प्रतियोगिता

मंगलवार, अक्तूबर 18, 2011,19:50 [IST]

दुनिया की सबसे बडी कार रेस प्रतियोगिता फार्मूला वन की भारत में शुरूआत में आज पहला कदम बढ़ा दिया गया है। आज नोएडा स्थित भारत के पहले फार्मूला वन रेस ट्रैक का शुभारम्‍भ कर दिया गया। 400 मिलियन डालर की लागत से तैयार इस ट्रैक पर आगामी से रेस के पर दुनिया भर के रफ्तार के बादशाह फर्राटा भरना शुरू कर देंगे। इस ट्रैक को जर्मनी के हर्मन टिल्के ने तैयार किया है जो 5 किलोमीटर लंबा है। इस ट्रैक पर 30 अक्तूबर को पहली रेस होनी है। इस रेस में 12 टीमें हिस्सा ले रहीं है।

आगामी 30 अक्‍टूबर को बुद्व इंटरनेशनल नोएडा में आयोजित होने वाले एफ1 ग्रांड प्री रेस में दुनिया भर से 12 टिमे हिस्‍सा लेंगी। इसके अलावा एक भारतीय टीम फोर्स इंडिया भी हिस्‍सा लेगी जिस जाने माने व्‍यवसायी विजय माल्‍या ने खरीदा हैं। इस टीम से आड्रीयन सुटील जो कि जर्मनी के रेसर है, और ब्रिटेन के रेसर पॉल डी रेस्‍टा 30 अक्‍टूबर को रेस में हिस्‍सा लेंगे।

आपको बता दें कि उच्चतम न्यायालय ने ग्रेटर नोएडा में फार्मूला वन रेस का आयोजन कर रही कंपनी को कर में रियायत देने पर उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार से स्पष्टीकरण की मांग की है। प्राप्‍त जानकारी के अनुसार न्यायमूर्ति डी के जैन की अध्यक्षता वाली पीठ ने उत्‍तर प्रदेश सरकार को नोटिस दिया है कि आखिर इस रेस के टिकटों पर मनोरंजन कर में छूट क्‍यों दिया गया है। न्‍यायालय ने इस खेल के आयोजक जेपी ग्रूप से अगले शुक्रवार तक जवाब की मांग की है।

इंडियन ग्रां प्री फार्मूला वन का ट्रैक हुआ लांच

ग्रेटर नोएडा, एजेंसी

First Published:18-10-11 08:32 PM

भारत में पहली बार आयोजित हो रही फार्मूला वन रेस के लिए दो हजार करोड़ रुपये के लागत से बनाए गए बुद्ध इंटरनेशनल सर्किट पर मंगलवार को पहली बार इसमें भाग लेने वाली कारों ने ट्रैक का जायजा लिया। इस सर्किट पर 30 अक्तूबर से फार्मूला वन इंडियन ग्रां प्री का आयोजन किया जाएगा।
जेपी ग्रुप के अध्यक्ष मनोज गौड़ ने इस सर्किट को लांच करने के अवसर पर कहा कि किसी भी निजी कंपनी द्वारा बनाया गया यह सबसे बड़ा खेल ढांचा है जो फार्मूला वन आयोजित करने वाली संस्था एफआईए के दिशानिर्देशों के तहत तैयार किया गया है।
बुद्ध इंटरनेशनल सर्किट 5.4 किमी लंबा है जो 875 एकड़ में फैला हुआ है। इस ट्रैक पर करीब 210 किमी प्रति घंटे की रफ्तार से दौड़ने वाली फार्मूला वन रेस एक मिनट 27 सेकेंड में एक लैप पूरा कर सकेंगी। रेस में कुल 60 लैप होंगे।
इस मौके पर भारतीय मोटर स्पोर्ट्स क्लबों के महासंघ (एफएमएससीआई) के अध्यक्ष विकी चंडोक भी मौजूद थे, जिसमें इंडियन ग्रां प्री का थीम सांग हाथों में हाथ दे दो भी लांच किया गया।

इस थीम सांग में बालीवुड और इंडीपाप गायक लेसली लुईस, केके, लकी अली और दलेर मेंहदी ने अपनी आवाज दी है। भारत के पहले फार्मूला वन ड्राइवर नरेन कार्तिकेयन ने इस ट्रैक को दुनिया का सर्वश्रेष्ठ ट्रैक बताते हुए कहा कि मैंने दुनिया के करीब करीब सभी फार्मूला वन ट्रैक पर कार चलाई है लेकिन मुझे बुद्ध इंटरनेशनल सर्किट सबसे अच्छा लगा।
इस सर्किट पर विश्वस्तरीय सुविधाएं मौजूद हैं और दुनिया भर की अब तक की फार्मूला वन रेस की सुविधाओं को देखने के बाद इन्हें उच्च स्तर की बनाया गया है। चंडोक ने इस सर्किट के भविष्य में इस्तेमाल के बारे में कहा कि सर्किट का अच्छी तरह इस्तेमाल किया जाना चाहिए और निश्चित रूप से फार्मूला वन रेस के बाद राष्ट्रीय रेसिंग प्रतियोगितायें इस पर आयोजित की जाएंगी। भारतीयों के लिए अपना ट्रैक होगा जिससे उनका हौसला बढ़ेगा।
गौड़ ने फार्मूला वन रेस के दौरान सुरक्षा के बारे में कहा कि सुरक्षा शीर्ष स्तर की होगी जिसके बारे में राज्य सरकार और केंद्र सरकार मिलकर सहयोग से काम करेंगे। रेस के दौरान करीब 3000 से अधिक पुलिसकर्मी तैनात किए जाएंगे।

किसानों द्वारा किए जा रहे धरने और आंदोलन संबंधी सवाल के जवाब में गौड़ ने कहा कि हमने सभी के सहयोग के बाद यह ट्रैक बनाया है जिसमें राज्य सरकार और केंद्र सरकार की मदद से पूरा काम किया गया है। सभी की रजामंदी और सहयोग से इस ट्रैक को बनाया है।

गौड़ ने कहा कि देश में पहली बार हो रही इंडियन ग्रां प्री को देखने के लिए एक लाख दर्शकों के आने की उम्मीद है, जिसमें 3000 विदेशी शामिल हैं। ग्रेटर नोएडा में जेपी द्वारा बनाई गई स्पोर्ट्स सिटी में कार रेसिंग के अलावा अन्य खेलों को बढ़ावा दिए जाने के संबंध में पूछे जाने पर गौड़ ने कहा कि हम इस ग्रां प्री के आयोजन के बाद स्पोर्ट्स सिटी में अगले दो वर्षों में अंतरराष्ट्रीय स्तर का क्रिकेट स्टेडियम बनाने जा रहे हैं। इसके अलावा हाकी, टेनिस और एथलेटिक्स के लिए भी स्टेडियम बनाया जाएगा।
उन्होंने एक सवाल के जवाब में कहा कि इंडियन ग्रां प्री को देखने के लिए राष्ट्रपति प्रतिभा पाटिल, प्रधानमंत्री मनमोहन सिंह और कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष सोनिया गांधी सहित अन्य गणमान्य लोगों को आमंत्रित किया जाएगा।

भारत की पहली एफ-1 सर्किट तैयार

इंडो-एशियन न्यूज सर्विस

ग्रेटर नोएडा, मंगलवार, अक्टूबर 18, 2011

देश की पहली फार्मूला वन सर्किट पूरी तरह तैयार है। इसे बुद्ध इंटरनेशनल सर्किट नाम दिया गया है और इस पर 28-30 अक्टूबर तक इंडियन ग्रां पी का आयोजन होगा।

दिल्ली के करीब ग्रेटर नोएडा में स्थित इस 5.14 किलोमीटर सर्किट को मंगलवार को पहली बार मीडिया के लिए खोला गया। आयोजकों को पूरा यकीन है कि अगले एक सप्ताह में सर्किट को साफ-सुथरा बनाने का काम पूरा कर लिया जाएगा।

ताजा हाल यह है कि सर्किट पर निर्माण कार्य के मलबों की भरमार है, ऐसे में मलबे को हटाने और इसकी साफ-सफाई करने की जरूरत है।

इस सर्किट का निर्माण करने वाली कम्पनी जेपी स्पोर्ट्स इंटरनेशनल लिमिटेड के प्रबंध निदेशक और मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी समीर गौर ने कहा कि पिट लेन के खुलने के साथ सबकुछ व्यवस्थित हो जाएगा।

समीर ने कहा, "हम इस सर्किट की दिन में दो बार सफाई कर रहे हैं लेकिन चूंकि कई स्थान पर काम अभी भी चल रहा है, धूल ट्रैक पर आ ही जाती है। एक बार काम पूरा हो जाएगा तो इसे साफ करना आसान हो जाएगा।"

"हमारे लिए फिलहाल चिंता की कोई बात नहीं। अगले एक हफ्ते में हम अपना काम पूरा कर लेंगे और यह सर्किट रेस के लिए पूरी तरह तैयार हो जाएगी।"

इस सर्किट को चार जोन में विभाजित किया गया है-उत्तर, पश्चिम, पूर्व और दक्षिण। इस सर्किट का सबसे लम्बा स्ट्रेच 1.4 किलोमीटर का है जो टर्न-3 पर आता है। इस स्ट्रेच पर कारों की अधिकतम रफ्तार 320 किलोमीट प्रति घंटे पहुंच सकती है।

मंगलवार को स्विस चालक नील जानी ने रेड बुल कार के साथ सर्किट का चक्कर लगाया जबकि भारत के एफ-1 चालक नारायण कार्तिकेयन ने एक मर्सिडीज कार के साथ इस नई-नवेली सर्किट का मुआयना किया।

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'FIA happy with the Buddh circuit'

Devadyuti Das, TNN | Sep 2, 2011, 12.58AM IST

NEW DELHI: With the homologation of the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) at Greater Noida going on 'expected lines', F1 is all set to make its debut in India on October 30 with the Airtel Indian Grand Prix.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting visited the track on Thursday for the official inspection and was happy with the progress. "Whiting spent about five hours at the track till at 3 pm today. The inspection went on expected and he suggested only a few minor changes," Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) president Vicky Chandhok told TOI on Thursday.

"Charlie took a full account of the safety facilities on the track. The only thing he suggested was that the visibility from the marshal's post was not good and it should be raised to a height of about five feet. The certification for the track is only a formality now," Chandhok said.

Jaypee Sports International Ltd. (JPSI), the owners of the circuit, was obviously delighted by the thumbs-up. "We had adhered to FIA request to widen three corners on the track. This was done in order to provide more overtaking opportunities on the 5.14 km long track. It is understood that FIA is very satisfied with the changes to these corners as well," JPSI senior vice-president Askari H Zaidi said.

On what went on during the inspection, Chandhok said, "Whiting chose to walk around the circuit checking out barriers, curbs and run-off areas. We also drove around the track on the newly-laid tarmac."

The FIA will issue the final Grade-I certification of the track only a week prior to the October 30 GP. "This is a common practice around the world. I don't see any hurdles in acquiring this final certification as well. This means Indian GP will find a home at the BIC at least till 2013," Chandhok, who is also an advisor for the circuit, felt.

Whiting has earlier told TOI that BIC circuit was a very 'interesting and fast track'. The JPSI will continue working on the circuit. "A lot of organizers have approached us to hold test events here before the GP. But we have decided that F1 should be the first event to be held at the circuit," Zaidi said.


Indian Grand Prix on schedule: Authorities

Purusharth Aradhak, TNN |

GREATER NOIDA: Good news for Formula One racing lovers as soon they will soon be able to get the tickets of this memorable event.

The tickets will be launched on Saturday. The Greater Noida Authority and JP Sports said that the India will host Formula One Grand Prix in Greater Noida as per schedule on October 30, 2011.

Recently team TOI visited Buddh International circuit in Greater Noida, where Formula One race is scheduled in Dankaur village. The Land of Dankaur was acquired by Yamuna Expressway Authority for the project.

Yamuna Expressway Authority Pandhari Yadav told Tol the construction work of the track is in full swing and there is no controversy is persisting over land acquisition of racing track. During the course of agitation in Bhatta-Parsual, racing track was occasionally dragged by the some farmer leaders to play with the emotions of innocent farmers.

On visiting the racking track team TOI found that the track construction work is in full swing, nearly six thousand labourers, Indian and foreigners engineers are engaged in finalising the racking track, which Will be homologated (granting the approval officially) in the first week of September this year.

A JPSI spokesperson said all the land required for development of Formula One Motor Racing track at Dankaur near Greater Noida has been acquired and mutually agreed compensation paid to farmers and the reports of farmers' agitation could disturb the racing track project is absolutely phony.

"The track falls in Dhankaur area of Greater Noida, which is about 6-7 km from the Bhatta-Parsaul village, epicentre of the farmer agitation. A dedicated team is focusing on the construction of the track and are working day and night with a large labour force to ensure there are no hindrances in its completion. Sources in the company say around 6,000 workers and over 250 engineers are working round-the-clock to ensure early completion of the Rs 1700-crore project," the spokesperson said.

Notably the 5.14km long Racing Circuit has been designed by renowned German architect and racetrack designer, Herman Tilke, who has also designed other world class race circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, Indonesia, the UAE, South Africa, South Korea and the US. The Buddh International race track has been designed as one of the fastest, most exciting circuits in the world.

"The track's combination of straights, corners and elevation changes has been designed to allow high speeds and provide opportunities for overtaking, which is what makes motor racing exciting. At present, the entire focus is on finalising the track, which is likely to complete by the end of this month. Final touch and landscaping would be completed by September," said an official.

Total length – 5.15 Km

Turns – 16

Total seating capacity – 1, 20, 0000

FIA homologation – first week of September 2011.

Glamour on the Grid

Posted: Thu Sep 01 2011, 23:46 hrs

Grid girls spell oomph in Formula One races. But the first Indian grid girls will dress according to Indian sensibility

When the fast cars line up at the starting grid in a Formula One race, all eyes aren’t on the wheels alone. Not, if there are sultry beauties around, sporting team logos and leading the cars. These are the grid girls or paddock girls — young women who bring oodles of glamour to match the attraction of super-tech cars that travel faster than the eye can follow. Even as the countdown begins for the 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India, the country's first grand prix, to be held in October, the hunt is on for the first batch of Indian grid girls.

Bharti Airtel, the title sponsor of the event, has started a reality show to find the right faces and figures. Auditions will take place in the next few weeks in major cities, and the show will be aired on television. Of the thousands who apply, only 48 girls will make it to the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on October 30. The top three will be selected by public voting on Airtel's website as “India’s choice”.

Internationally, grid girls are easy on the eye, their reed thin figures highlighted by short outfits. But this, as some sociopolitical lobby will soon point out, is India. Here, grid girls will dress attractively, not sexily. Well-known designer Mandira Wirk has been roped in to design a “modest” wardrobe for the grid’s leggy beauties, and she has the “Indian sensibilities in mind” as she works on the design board. Wirk, who also designed jerseys for the T-20 World Cup this year, says, “I was a state-level skater, a basketball and tennis player, so the association with sports comes naturally. I find it exciting to design sportswear.”

The girls will wear white and red on short dresses with the traditional grid designs on zipper details, reveals Wirk. “We were conscious about dressing them in comfortable gear and the outfits bring in shiny elements such as PVC patches,” she explains. She’s also designed wedge-heeled shoes with the same red-and-white grid pattern. Also, in what looks like a first for grid girls, formal Fedora hats have replaced the usual racing caps.

“I wanted to add my signature style and decided to have the girls wear hats instead of caps. I have used the colours of the Indian flag on the outfit as this is India’s first Formula One race,” says Wirk, who is keeping the final look of the grid girls’ uniform a well-guarded secret. “I’ve ensured that when the girls are on track, they’ll be easy to spot,” she says.

Meanwhile, Airtel has announced that it is looking for girls with “finesse, poise and beauty” and candidates for the audition must wear T-Backs or Racer Backs and hot pants. We get the drift.

Corporate honchos check in at F1 race boxes
Vishakha Talreja, Rajat Guha

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 0116 hrs IST

New Delhi: The cheapest corporate box at the Airtel Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida comes for R35 lakh — the price of a BMW X3 — while the premium ones cost R1 crore, the cost of a Porsche 911 Carrera. Those who have already bought these high-end boxes for the two-hour race on October 30, where Formula One cars zip by at 320 kmph, include Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani, Bharti Enterprises’ Sunil Mittal, ADAG’s Anil Ambani and actor Shah Rukh Khan.

At the cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai in April which India won, Mukesh Ambani had bought three corporate boxes for R5 crore.

Said Askari H Zaidi, senior vice-president of Jaypee Sports International (JPSI), which owns the Buddh International Circuit (BIC): “We have about 30-35 corporate boxes in the range of R35 lakh to a crore. The boxes will be on prime location at the circuit, right next to the podium (often considered the focal point of a race). The demand for these boxes has been very high.”

JPSI’s Zaidi confirmed that SRK is one of the owners of the hospitality boxes while Bharti Airtel, the title sponsor, has also bought some boxes.

Some boxes can seat five to seven people while others can accommodate 10 to 14. Other than watching the race from close quarters, corporate hospitality usually entails Paddock Club Hospitality pass, driver appearances, exclusive F1 VIP hospitality venue passes and pit tours.

JPSI is confident of selling about 1,10,000 tickets this year.

As the F1 buzz increases, Noida’s five-star hotels — Jaypee Greens Golf Resort and Spa, which houses India’s first Six Senses Spa, and Radisson Blu — are fully booked. Hotels in the vicinity inclduing Double Tree by Hilton and Lemon Tree too have received strong bookings from enthusiasts and corporates.

The hotel rooms are going at a premium of 50-100% during the F1 weekend, with some rooms selling for a whopping R30,000 per night. Mercedes-Benz India, which last week signed up as the automotive partner of Airtel Indian Grand Prix, will set up a performance driving academy in the NCR in association with JPSI.


Month away from final test, F1 track awaits world’s fastest

Purusharth Aradhak, TNN Aug 4, 2011, 11.45pm IST

GREATER NOIDA: With Greater Noida's many land acquisition disputes, and Allahabad High Court's August 17 verdict on them hogging the limelight, another '17' – a really momentous one – hinged on the same area has been pushed to the back of everyone's mind. It's the 17{+t}{+h} place on this year's Formula 1 race calendar – "2011 Formula 1, Grand Prix of India". For the first time in the 61-year history of the world's 'most expensive sport', an F1 race will be run in India. And preparations are about to start for the October 30 event.

Come September, a four-member team from the Formula 1 organization, FIA, will visit the near-complete racetrack and stadium at Dankaur village here to carry out homologation checks (the process for officially granting approval to a venue). Once the track is homologated, the asterisk against the India schedule – that indicates the event is subject to circuit approval – on the F1 website will go.

Recently, a TOI team visited Buddh International Circuit in Dankaur and the nearby villages to get a clear picture of the track's development. Pandhari Yadav, CEO of Yamuna Expressway Authority, which acquired the land for the track, said construction work is on in full swing.

The track, which has been largely spared the kind of controversies now dogging residential sites in Noida Extension, had come under a cloud last week when some villages along the Expressway also decided to resort to an agitation for higher compensation. However, a section of farmers TOI spoke to said they had no problems with the track, as it would attract tourists in and around the area, which would ultimately benefit the villages.

In January 2010, relocation of a cremation ground used by three villages: Atta Gujraan, Gunapura and Mirjapur in Greater Noida, had slowed down the pace of work at the track site. However, the TOI team this time found no special security arrangements at the site, indicating that the ground situation was normal. Only a few security guards were deployed at the main gate and the track. Thousands of labourers and foreign engineers were engaged in finalizing the track facilities.

A spokesperson for JPSI, the firm promoting the event, said all the land required for development of the Formula 1 motor racing track at Dankaur had been acquired under a compensation plan that farmers had agreed to.

"The track falls in Dankaur area of Greater Noida, which is about 6-7 km from Bhatta and Parsaul villages, the epicentre of the farmers' agitation. A dedicated team is focusing on the construction of the track and working day and night with a large labour force to ensure there are no hiccups in the track's completion," the spokesperson said. Sources in the company added that around 6,000 workers and more than 250 engineers were working round the clock to ensure early completion of the Rs 1700-crore project.

Speaking to TOI, Authority CEO Yadav also said there was no dispute over land acquisition in Dankaur.

The 5.14-km circuit has been designed by renowned German architect and racetrack designer, Herman Tilke, who has also designed other world class race circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, Indonesia, the UAE, South Africa, South Korea and the US. The Greater Noida track has been designed to be one of the fastest and most exciting circuits in the world.

"The track's combination of straights, corners and elevation changes has been designed to allow high speeds and provide opportunities for overtaking, which is what makes motor racing exciting. At present, the entire focus is on giving final touch to the track, however the track itself is ready. Sitting arrangements and landscaping would be completed by the first half of September," said an official.


India's Formula One track will be ready: Vicky Chandhok

Mumbai, August 06, 2011

FIndia's motor sports chief has dismissed concerns about the readiness of the track for the country's Formula One debut in October but is unhappy about reports the race could be shifted to the stifling heat of April next season. Subject to a final inspection, the Indian Grand Prix will be

held at the Buddh International Circuit, about 40 kilometres from New Delhi, on Oct. 30.

Media reports have said that Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has proposed an April slot for the 2012 race.

"I am not happy with April because it's going to be hot," Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, told Reuters in an interview.

"But if we have to go in April we will go. But I really think that the ideal dates for India are when it's cooler. Maybe March or you go to October, November, December."

Temperatures in Delhi usually hover around 40 degrees in April. It gets hotter in May.

"In Delhi there is no humidity, it's not that high. You are racing in Malaysia where the humidity is higher," Chandhok, father of Lotus driver Karun, said with a grin.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has postponed the final inspection of the circuit by a month to Sept. 1 but Chandhok allayed fears that there was a delay in construction and said the issue was purely "logistical."

"Purely administrative reasons. Track advisor Charlie Whiting, who has been here three-four times, asked us 'doesn't it make logical sense for me to combine it with Korea?'", Chandhok said.

"He is visiting Korea at the end of this month. On his way back he is flying over Delhi. So he will stop over at Delhi as it will make logical sense for the FIA.

"We said we are fine with it. It's purely procedural and a matter of convenience for the date of inspection. Nothing else."

The 5.14-km track would be one of the fastest circuits in the world and would encourage overtaking, said Chandhok, who was in Mumbai for the launch of a racing venture modelled on city-based franchises.

"I have been to every single racetrack in the world. It's going to be one of the fastest circuits in the world," he said.

"1.2 km straight and three corners that have now been redefined. They are following the new FIA guidelines to encourage overtaking.

"I think it's going to be phenomenal. There will be lot of scope of overtaking."

Indian Grand Prix track homologation on Sept. 1

  • August 2, 2011
  • By C. Santhosh kumar
  • DC

The countdown has begun for the Indian Grand Prix with just under 90 days to go for the inaugural Formula One race at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on October 30.

The Jaypee Group track, which is taking its final shape with thousands of construction workers burning the midnight oil, will be homologated by the FIA technical delegates on September 1.

“We have been sending reports to the FIA on fortnightly basis and they are completely satisfied with the progress,” said Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs in India.

“Actually the final inspection was scheduled for the first week of August and the track was ready for it. But FIA’s technical director Charlie Whiting confirmed that he will be coming to New Delhi only on August 31.”

While garages, pit buildings, grand stand, hospitality area and media centre were completed on schedule, the final layer of the tarmac, known as weathering course, will only be laid in mid September.

“The basic track is ready with kerbs and tecpro barriers in place. The FIA-appointed German consultants who are camped at the track advised the promoters to lay the final layer some 45 days before the event. After that, as a dry run, a round of the JK Tyre National Racing Championship will be held to check the operation of the track,” Chandhok added.

Chandhok said the complete facility at the Jaypee Sports Village with all the luxury areas will be ready only by next year. “The fifth storey of the hospitality and an exclusive restaurant for the media will be completed later,” he said.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Indian GP could be advanced to the first half of the 2012 season in April as the FIA is mulling a major reshuffle in the calendar to give more time to the Bahrain GP organisers.

Bahrain, which was cancelled this year due to unrest in the country, is set for the second half with Australian GP taking its place as season-opener. Malaysia, China and India are likely to be the first set of flyaway races before the European season.

Agitation won't hit F1 project: Jaypee

Purusharth Aradhak, TNN Jul 31, 2011, 09.23pm IST

GREATER NOIDA: The Formula One racing track and Sports City of Jaypee group may soon have to face the ire of the farmers along the Yamuna Expressway. While the farmers have decided to stall both the projects if their demands are not met, the Jaypee group says that the agitation is not likely to affect them. So far no additional security has been put in place in and around the projects and the group is hoping that the Yamuna Expressway Authority will soon settle the dispute.

Speaking to TOI, a senior official from Jaypee said that the F1 racing will happen as per schedule on October 31, 2011. "At the end of the day it is about the prestige of the country. We did not even beef up the security around the project even during the Bhatta-Parsaul clash. The Yamuna Expressway Authority will soon find a solution to the dispute," the official said.


YEIDA CEO, Pandhari Yadav, said that land was acquired for Yamuna Expressway and other projects with the mutual consent of farmers and they had even signed a Karar Niyamavali which permits landowners to mutually negotiate the rates. "At this point of time, the compensation hike issue cannot be solved as it is not under the jurisdiction of the Authority. We have been regularly visiting the villages and all genuine demands of farmers have been accepted," Yadav added.

A JPSI spokesperson concurred with Yadav and said that all land required for development of the Formula One racing track at Dankaur along the Yamuna Expressway was acquired at mutually agreed compensation from the farmers.

"A dedicated team is constructing the track. A large labour force is working day and night so that there are no hindrances in its completion. There are around 6,000 workers and over 250 engineers working round-the-clock to ensure early completion of the Rs 1,700 crore project," the spokesperson said.

"We are keeping a close tab on developments in the farmers' agitation. We will settle their grievances and no person would be allowed to stop under-construction projects, including the F1 racing track," said district magistrate Hirdesh Kumar.


F1 Race could come back to GNoida in Oct'11

(Reuters) – Bahrain Grand Prix organisers accepted the cancellation of their postponed Formula One race on Thursday after teams objected to it being rescheduled in October.
"Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th … it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision," circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani said in a statement.
"We want our role in Formula One to continue to be as positive and constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport, we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season," he added.
The race at the Sakhir circuit had originally been scheduled as the March season-opener but was postponed after bloody unrest and a crackdown on anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom.
After giving Bahrain months to decide whether they were in a position to hold the race, the governing International Auto Federation (FIA) announced last Friday that it would be rescheduled for Oct. 30.
The inaugural Indian Grand Prix that had been scheduled for that date was moved to Dec. 11, but will now revert to the original slot.
Last week's decision triggered outrage among human rights campaigners, with more than 455,000 people signing an online petition calling on champions Red Bull and others to boycott the Bahrain race.
With any change in the calendar requiring the unanimous written agreement of the teams, who wrote to the FIA and commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone to express their opposition, cancellation looked inevitable.
The teams had said they were against any rescheduling on logistical grounds, with commitments already made for a race in Delhi on Oct. 30, and did not want to race in December, calling the revised calendar 'unrealistic'.
The FIA blamed Ecclestone for the embarrassing state of confusion and asked him on Thursday to submit a revised calendar.
The acceptance by the Bahrain circuit, the first in the Middle East to host a grand prix, has effectively ended the argument.
"Bahrain has always sought to play a positive role in the continued development of Formula One," Alzayani said.
"We look forward to welcoming teams, their drivers and supporters back to Bahrain next year and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters, including staff, volunteers, sponsors, private businesses and the general public, for whom I know this year's decision will be a disappointment."
Bahrain has already been scheduled as next year's season-opener on March 11.
The decision meant the season will now have 19 races, rather than a record 20, and will end in Brazil on Nov. 27.




Bahrain GP cannot happen, says Bernie Ecclestonea

Source: BBC

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said October's reinstated Bahrain Grand Prix cannot go ahead.

The race was due to open the season in March but was called off because of civil unrest. Last week the FIA restored it to the calendar.

"Hopefully we can return in the future, but of course it's not on," Ecclestone told BBC Sport's Dan Roan.

"The schedule cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants – they're the facts."

The teams wrote to the FIA on Tuesday expressing their objections to Bahrain being put back on the calendar.

The decision to reinstate Bahrain was taken at a meeting of the FIA World Council on Friday, where the vote was passed without any objections.

But it seems the FIA had overlooked article 66 of its own sporting code, which says that no amendments can be made to the arrangements for a championship after entries open without the agreement of all competitors.

A senior insider described this oversight as "extraordinary".

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Max Mosley condemned the decision to reschedule the Bahrain race

Technically speaking, the vote remains valid, and in theory the FIA should have another vote to cancel it.

In reality, though, because the FIA did not follow its own rules, the teams can simply ignore it, as the vote cannot take effect without their agreement.

That means that, because the teams have formally objected to the reinstatement to the Bahrain race, it cannot now take place this year, so the event will not happen, regardless of what actions the FIA now takes.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was called off in February because of pro-democracy protests in which more than 20 people died.

However, the FIA chose to reinstate the race after a report suggested that the country's situation has "stabilised". Bahrain was given India's slot on the 20-race calendar on 30 October with the inaugural race in India moved to a provisional date of 11 December.

The decision to reinstate Bahrain and to reorganise a 2011 season in which six races have already been completed led to reaction from former FIA chairman Max Mosley, Red Bull driver Mark Webber, the teams and third parties unconnected with the sport.

Avaaz, an international campaigning organisation, immediately issued a statement in which it contradicted the FIA's findings.

"Claims that calm has been restored and life is back to normal in Bahrain are completely untrue," said campaign director Alex Wilks. "In the last week the police have continued to use tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades to break up peaceful marches, killing and injuring dozens of people."

The teams wrote to the FIA, under the auspices of their umbrella group Fota, making it clear their opposition to the Bahrain race happening in 2011.
Continue reading the main story

Bernie Ecclestone's remarks are simply a confirmation of what was already reality once the teams objected. The FIA made what appears to be a catastrophic oversight in ignoring its rule that says it needs the approval of the teams before changes to the calendar are made. They will now look to find a way to save face while formalising a situation that already exists – there will be no Bahrain race this year.
Read more on Andrew's blog

They say it is not practical to add the race at the end of a long season and asked for the Indian Grand Prix to be moved back to its original date.

BBC Sport understands that Fota – which represents all the F1 teams bar back-of-the-grid Hispania – expressed its objections to Bahrain being rescheduled on logistical grounds, its letter saying that the idea of adding a 20th race in December would be "unbearable to our staff".

"The reason the teams get quite upset about the December factor is that it's a massive commitment for the guys that go racing," McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe told BBC Sport. "And that is typically when they have their holidays."

And while the letter does not register any moral or ethical objections to the idea of a race in Bahrain, sources say the teams do have such concerns.

The teams, and the majority of F1's decision makers, head to Canada this weekend for the seventh race of the season where there is expected to be more discussion on the future of the Bahrain GP and the 2011 calendar.

फॉर्म्युला-1 ट्रैक कंस्ट्रक्शन की रेस में पीछे
7 Jun 2011, 0400 hrs IST,नवभारत टाइम्स

श्यामवीर चावड़ा
ग्रेटर नोएडा ।। ग्रेटर नोएडा में बनाए जा रहे फॉर्म्युला-1 रेसिंग ट्रैक का काम पूरा होने में अभी काफी समय लगेगा। सोमवार को एनबीटी ने रेसिंग ट्रैक का जायजा लिया। उधर, विशेषज्ञों ने भारत में रेसिंग के लिए दिसंबर महीने को बेस्ट बताया।

एनबीटी ने पाया कि रेसिंग ट्रैक पूरा होने में काफी समय लगेगा। ट्रैक काला कर दिया गया है, लेकिन उसकी फिनिशिंग अभी बाकी है। साथ ही दर्शकदीर्घा का निर्माण अधूरा है। इस प्रोजेक्ट से जुड़ी टेक्निकल टीम के 5 विदेशी विशेषज्ञ 24 मई को अपने देश रवाना हो चुके हैं।

बहरीन में 13 मार्च को रेस होनी थी, लेकिन वहां हालात तनावपूर्ण होने के कारण रेस नहीं कराई गई। अब बहरीन में हालात सामान्य हैं। लिहाजा बहरीन ने फिर से रेसिंग इवेंट में शामिल होने के लिए अप्लाई किया था। वहीं ग्रेनो में ट्रैक अब तक बन कर तैयार नहीं हो सका है। लिहाजा वर्ल्ड मोटर स्पोर्ट्स काउंसिल (डब्ल्यूएमएससी) ने रेसिंग के संबंध में नई घोषणा कर दी। इस संबंध में शुक्रवार को बहरीन में मिनिस्टरी ऑफ इंटीरियर, मिनिस्टरी ऑफ कल्चर एंड टूरिज्म, बहरीन मोटर फेडरेशन और बहरीन इंटरनैशनल सर्किट के साथ अन्य देशों की ऑर्गेनाइजिंग संस्थाओं की मीटिंग भी हो चुकी है।

रेस के टलने के बाद अब यहां तैयारियों के लिए समय मिल गया है। हालांकि, रेसिंग ट्रैक का निर्माण करने वाली कंपनी का दावा था कि अक्टूबर से पहले ट्रैक और दर्शकदीर्घा आदि तैयार कर दिया जाएगा।


फॉर्म्युला-1 रेस अब दिसंबर में
7 Jun 2011, 0400 hrs IST

श्यामवीर चावड़ा ॥ ग्रेटर नोएडाग्रेटर नोएडा में फॉर्म्युला – वन रेसिंग दो महीने टल गई है। इसकी अधिकारिक घोषणा कर दी गई है। अब 28 और 30 अक्टूबर को भारत के बजाय बहरीन में फॉर्म्युला -1 रेस होगी। ग्रेटर नोएडा में यह रेस 9 और 11 दिसंबर को होगी।ग्रेटर नोएडा में बनाए जा रहे फॉर्म्युला -1 रेसिंग ट्रैक का काम पूरा होने में अभी काफी समय लगेगा। उधर , विशेषज्ञों ने भारत में रेसिंग के लिए दिसंबर महीने को बेस्ट बताया।सोमवार को एनबीटी ने रेसिंग ट्रैक का जायजा लिया। एनबीटी ने पाया कि रेसिंग ट्रैक पूरा होने में काफी समय लगेगा। ट्रैक काला कर दिया गया है , लेकिन इसकी फिनिशिंग अभी बाकी है , साथ ही दर्शकदीर्घा का निर्माण अधूरा है। इस प्रोजेक्ट से जुड़ी टेक्निकल टीम के 5 विदेशी विशेषज्ञ 24 मई को अपने देश रवाना हो चुके हैं।





























बहरीन में 13 मार्च को रेस होनी थी , लेकिन वहां हालात तनावपूर्ण होने के कारण रेस नहीं कराई गई। अब बहरीन में हालात सामान्य हैं। लिहाजा बहरीन ने फिर से रेसिंग इवेंट में शामिल होने के लिए अप्लाई किया था। वहीं ग्रेनो में ट्रैक अब तक बन कर तैयार नहीं हो सका है। लिहाजा वर्ल्ड मोटर स्पोर्ट्स काउंसिल ( डब्ल्यूएमएससी ) ने रेसिंग के संबंध में नई घोषणा कर दी। इस संबंध में शुक्रवार को बहरीन में मिनिस्टरी ऑफ इंटीरियर , मिनिस्टरी ऑफ कल्चर एंड टूरिज्म , बहरीन मोटर फेडरेशन और बहरीन इंटरनैशनल सर्किट के साथ अन्य देशों की ऑर्गनाइजिंग संस्थाओं की मीटिंग भी हो चुकी है।

रेस के टलने के बाद अब यहां तैयारियांे के लिए समय मिल गया है। हालांकि , रेसिंग ट्रैक का निर्माण करने वाली कंपनी का दावा था कि अक्टूबर से पहले ट्रैक और दर्शकदीर्घा आदि तैयार कर दिया जाएगा।



फार्म्युला-1 रेसिंग 2 महीने आगे खिसका!
25 May 2011, 0400 hrs IST  फार्म्युला-1 रेसिंग ट्रैक के निर्माण से
जुड़े टेक्निकल टीम के 5 विदेशी विशेषज्ञ मंगलवार को अपने देश रवाना हो
गए। वे सभी जर्मनी के रहने वाले थे। माना जा रहा है कि ऐसा रेसिंग के
शेड्यूल में बदलाव की वजह से हुआ है। इसे 2 महीने आगे खिसकाने की बात कही
जा रही है।

सूत्रों का कहना है कि रेसिंग की डेट के आगे खिसकने की वजह से ये अधिकारी
अपने देश चले गए। अधिकारियों के जाने के बाद यह तय माना जा रहा है कि अब
रेसिंग पहले से तय डेट पर नहीं होगी।

जेपी ग्रुप फार्म्युला-1 रेसिंग ट्रैक का निर्माण करा रहा है। निर्माण
कार्य में जर्मनी की कंपनी के विशेषज्ञ भी जुटे हैं। इस कंपनी के
विशेषज्ञ पिछले कई माह से ग्रेटर नोएडा स्थित एक होटल में ठहरे थे।
सूत्रों से मिली जानकारी के अनुसार मंगलवार को यहां से 5 जर्मन विशेषज्ञ
वापस चले गए। बताया जा रहा है कि अगले माह ये अधिकारी वापस आ सकते हैं।

उल्लेखनीय है कि 28-30 अक्टूबर तक फार्म्युला-1 रेसिंग प्रस्तावित है। अब
तक इसकी अधिकारिक वेबसाइट शेड्यूल में बदलाव नहीं किया गया है, लेकिन अब
इसे दो माह आगे खिसकने की चर्चाएं चल रही हैं। इसकी वजह यह है कि बहरीन
ने फिर से अपने देश को चैंपियनशिप में शामिल करने का आवेदन किया है।
बहरीन में हालात बेकाबू हो गए थे, लिहाजा वहां तय समय पर रेसिंग नहीं हो
सकी थी। अब वहां हालात सामान्य हैं। बहरीन को अगर शामिल किया गया, तो
रेसिंग शेड्यूल में बदलाव किया जा सकता है।

Indian F1 Grand Prix 2011 could be pushed back to December 4th!

2011 Buddh Indian F1 Grand Prix

After all the political protests and posturing, Bahrain might as well be back hosting the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix in October this year. The casualty of the Sakhir F1 Grand Prix circuit being included could be the 2011 Indian F1 Grand Prix, which could be pushed back to December 4th even as the FIA is mulling a rescheduling of the Indian Grand Prix to accommodate Bahrain Grand Prix.

While all of this is mere talk at the moment with neither the FIA nor the organizers of the 2011 Indian Grand Prix suggesting any changes as of now, there is another angle emerging out of this entire story. Apparently, there have been political protests in Greater Noida, which in some way is affecting the holding of the Bahrain Grand Prix. If this indeed turns out to be true, it is something we certainly don’t need at a time when India has got it’s maiden chance to host a mega motorsport event.

While the cause of this political twist is unknown at the moment, some talk about about he political angle to the Indian Grand Prix has been going on in Indian motorsport circles for the past day or so. Meanwhile, the governing authority of Formula1, FIA, through it’s president, Jen Todt has communicated that June 3rd is the date on which the Bahraini organizers have to inform the FIA about the holding or non-holding of the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Until then however, the Indian Grand Prix’s fate, or do we call it date, might hang in balance. So, putting your travel schedules on hold until an official announcement comes by would be a good idea.  When contacted, the Indian Grand Prix officials asserted their ignorance about the entire matter with the spokesperson of JP Sports, the promoters of the Buddh Indian Formula1 Grand Prix, coming out with this statement.

We haven’t heard anything from the FIA till now. As far as JPSI is concerned our homologation is on August 1 and race is on Oct 30.

Indian F1 Grand Prix 2011 could be pushed back to December 4th!

यहां दुनिया देखेगी हमारी स्पीड
2 May 2011, 0400 hrs IST,नवभारत टाइम्स 

फॉर्म्युला वन यानी रफ्तार का सबसे तेज मुकाबला। दुनिया भर की नामी कार कंपनियां अपने सबसे बेहतरीन ड्राइविंग मशीन यहां उतारती हैं और साल भर दुनिया के अलग अलग रेस ट्रैक पर इसके मुकाबले होते हैं। भारत दुनिया का 19 वां ऐसा देश बन गया है जहां एफ -1 का रेसिंग ट्रैक इस्तेमाल होगा। इस साल 30 अक्टूबर को इस सीजन की रेस होगी। आदेश भाटी लाए हैं रफ्तार के इस ट्रैक पर पूरी रिपोर्ट

ग्रेटर नोएडा एक्सप्रेस वे पर जीरो पॉइंट से 13 वां किलोमीटर यह जगह कुछ दिनों के अंदर रफ्तार के नक्शे पर नया खिलाड़ी बनने वाली है। यहां पर दुनिया को मिलेगा फॉर्म्युला वन कार रेसिंग का नया ट्रैक। काम लगभग पूरा हो गया और अब फिनिशिंग की जा रही है। जेपी ग्रुप के इस प्रोजेक्ट पर 200 से ज्यादा इंजीनियर दिन रात लगे हैं। प्रोजेक्ट पर करीब एक हजार करोड़ रुपये की लागत आएगी।

कॉमनवेल्थ गेम्स और क्रिकेट वर्ल्ड कप के बाद यह एक और ऐसा बड़ा खेल मुकाबला है जिसके लिए सारी दुनिया की नजर भारत पर है। फॉर्म्युला वन रेसिंग की अहमियत कॉमनवेल्थ और क्रिकेट से भी ज्यादा है क्योंकि इस मुकाबले को चीन से लेकर ब्राजील तक , ऑस्ट्रेलिया से लेकर कनाडा तक , दुनिया के हर हिस्से में देखा जाता है। 2010 में 19 जगहों पर रेस मुकाबले होंगे , इनमें भारत में होने वाली रेस 17 वीं होगी। हर रेस में शुरू के पांच नंबर पर फिनिश करने वाली ड्राइवरों और टीमों को पॉइंट मिलते हैं। सभी रेसों में जिसके सबसे ज्यादा पॉइंट होते हैं वही साल का विनर बनता है।

एफ -1 रेसिंग में इस साल जिन जगहों पर रेस हो रही हैं उनमें भारत के अलावा चीन में शंघाई , मलयेशिया में कुआलालंपुर , जापान में सुजूका , सिंगापुर , कोरिया में येंगोम और यूएई में अबूधाबी शामिल हैं। हालांकि एफ -1 रेसिंग की वेबसाइट में जहां भारत की रेस का जिक्र है वहां अभी यह भी लिखा है कि रेस सर्किट के अप्रूव होने पर ही होगी , लेकिन जानकारों का कहना है कि जिस रफ्तार से काम चल रहा है , उसके हिसाब से यह महज औपचारिकता ही है।

जेपी ग्रुप ने इसे गौतमबुद्ध के नाम पर बुद्ध इंटरनेशनल सर्किट नाम दिया है। आसमान से देखने पर यह अंग्रेजी में कैपिटल लेटर से लिखे गए बी की तरह नजर आएगा। सर्किट पर ट्रायल के लिए फार्म्यूला वन गाडि़यां पहुंचने लगी हैं। इस पर 28, 29 और 30 अक्टूबर को रेसिंग होगी। हालाकि अभी देश में इसके लिए टिकटों की बिक्री शुरू नहीं हुई है। यहां एक लाख 20 हजार दर्शकों के बैठने की क्षमता है। रेसिंग ट्रैक पर 320 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटे की अधिकतम स्पीड़ में फार्म्यूला की गाडि़यां दौड सकेंगी। ट्रैक की लंबाई 5.1 किलोमीटर रखी गई है। रेस डे के दौरान कारें इस ट्रैक के 60 चक्कर लगाएंगी। इस ट्रैक में ड्राइवरों को 16 मोड़ यानी टर्निंग पॉइंट्स का सामना करना पड़ेगा जिनमें से एक को सबसे ज्यादा चौंकाने वाला और काफी तीखा माना जा रहा है।

फार्म्यूला वन रेस के अलावा यहां एफ -2, एफ -3, एफ -4, मोटर बाइक रेस आदि भी हो सकेंगी। इसके अलावा यहां प्रेक्टिस ट्रैक भी होगा। यहां 5,000 हेक्टेयर जमीन पर स्पोर्ट्स सिटी बसाई जा रही है। इसी में रेसिंग ट्रैक भी शामिल है। इस सिटी में फाइव स्टार होटल , कनवेंशन सेंटर , इंडस सिटी , 40 हजार से अधिक कार पार्किंग की क्षमता जैसे सुविधाएं होगी। इसके अलावा इसमें रिहायशी एरिया भी होगा। यहां 5 लाख लोगों के लिए घर बनाए जाएंगे। स्पोर्ट्स सिटी से सटा हुआ एक तरफ यमुना एक्सप्रेस वे है तो दूसरी ओर ईस्टर्न पेरीफेरल एक्सप्रेस वे होगा। इस लिहाज से इसकी लोकेशन काफी शानदार है। ट्रैक का डिजाइन हर्मन तिलके ने तैयार किया है।

इस सीजन में जो टीमें हिस्सा ले रही हैं उनमें आरबीआर रेनॉ , मैकलारेन मर्सिडीज , फरारी , रेनॉ , मर्सिडीज , फोर्स इंडिया के नाम शामिल हैं। टीमें कार कंपनी की होती हैं और वे अपने लिए ड्राइवर चुनती हैं।

बुद्ध ट्रैक की खासियतें
ट्रैक की लंबाई : 5.13 किलोमीटर
रेस में कुल चक्कर : 60
ट्रैक बनाने का खर्च : 1000 करोड़ रुपये
रेस में अधिकतम स्पीड : 320 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटा
दर्शकों की क्षमता : 1 लाख 20 हजार

रेस का टाइम टेबल
– 28 अक्टूबर 2011, शुक्रवार
प्रैक्टिस वन : सुबह 10 बजे से 11:30 बजे तक
प्रैक्टिस टू : दोपहर 2 बजे से 3:30 बजे तक
– 29 अक्टूबर 2011, शनिवार
प्रैक्टिस 3 : सुबह 11 बजे से 12 बजे
क्वालिफाइंग : दोपहर 2 बजे
– 30 अक्बूटर 2011, रविवार
रेस डे : दोपहर 3 बजे से

इस साल और कहां कहां है रेस
मेलबर्न ( ऑस्ट्रेलिया ) : 25-27 मार्च
कुआलालंपुर ( मलयेशिया ) : 8-10 अप्रैल
शंघाई ( चीन ) : 15-17 अप्रैल
इस्तांबूल ( टर्की ) 6-8 मई
कैटालून्या ( स्पेन ) 20-22 मई
मोंटे कार्लो ( मोनाको ) 26-29 मई
मॉन्ट्रियल ( कनाडा ) 10-12 जून
वैलेंसिया ( स्पेन ) 24-26 जून
सिल्वरस्टोन ( ब्रिटेन ) 8-10 जुलाई
नूबर्ग ( जर्मनी ) 22-24 जुलाई
बुडापेस्ट ( हंगरी ) 29-31 जुलाई
स्पा फ्रैंकोरचैंप्स ( बेल्जियम ) 26-28 अगस्त
मोंजा ( इटली ) : 9-11 सितंबर
सिंगापुर : 23-25 सितंबर
सुजूका ( जापान ) : 7-9 अक्टूबर
येंगोम ( कोरिया ) : 14-16 अक्टूबर
ग्रेटर नोएडा ( भारत ) : 28-30 अक्टूबर
अबूधाबी : 11-13 नवंबर
साओ पोलो ( ब्राजील ) : 25-27 नवंबर


Indian GP organisers promise glitch-free race

GREATER NOIDA: With the reputation of their brand at stake, the organisers of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on Monday promised to deliver a successful race, saying they won't face any sort of embarrassment like the organisers of the Commonwealth Games.

The organisers – Jaypee Sports International – asserted that the track was almost ready and only the finishing touches are being given. Jaypee is one of India's leading players in the field of real estate.

They also unveiled the logo of the Buddh International circuit, which will host the race on October 30 this year. The logo consists of a stylised 'B', resembling a heart in saffron and green colour.

Asked how prepared they are with the race just six months away, Manoj Gaur, executive chairman of the Jaiprakash Associcates, came up with a confident reply.

"Be assured my friends. Our and country's reputation is there. We are responsible people. The track is ready and the homologation of the facility will be done in July as per the time-table of the FIA," Manoj said when reminded of the troubled run-up to last year's Commonwealth Games.

When Manoj said that "400 million dollars or 1700 crore rupees are being invested in the project" he was asked about the revenue plans.

He replied, "Somebody had to come up with that size of investment. And it's a privilege to do something for India. Before the champions are born, we have to give them the infrastructure.

"We are not owners of a team but we have passion. Maybe in five years we will see an Indian team winning and that will be the biggest satisfaction."

They also said that races like Moto GP and other motorsport events will be held at the circuit for better utilisation.

Samir Gaur, managing director of the JPSI, said the tickets for the Indian GP would be launched in June.

"We can't disclose the pricing but it would be moderate. It is in the final stages and it will start from Rs 2500 onwards. We have tied up with the for the ticketing," Samir said.

"We are looking at the model of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and not Singapore since it's street circuit," Samir said hinting that the Grand Stand tickets would cost not less than Rs 35,000.

The organisers did not talk about the title sponsors for the race, saying Bernie Ecclestone, the F1 boss, has the final say on the matter.

भारतीय ग्रां प्री फार्मूला वन रेस का लोगो जारी


Apr 25, 05:40 pm

नई दिल्ली। भारत में पहली बार आयोजित होने जा रही फार्मूला वन कार रेस के लिए राजधानी से सटे ग्रेटर नोएडा में 1700 करोड़ रुपये की लागत से बना बुद्व इंटरनेशनल सर्किट तैयार हो चुका है। इस ग्रां प्री के लोगो का सोमवार को अनावरण भी किया गया। इस रेस से रफ्तार के शौकीनों को काफी आस है।

जेपी ग्रुप के मुख्य कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष मनोज गौड ने बताया कि भारत को पहली बार फार्मूला वन ग्रा प्री की मेजबानी का मौका मिला है, जो यहां बुद्व इंटरनेशनल सर्किट पर इस साल 31 अक्टूबर से आयोजित की जाएगी। यूरोप और एशिया के अन्य देशों में फार्मूला वन कार रेस काफी मशहूर है लेकिन भारत में इसका ट्रैक नहीं होने के कारण हमें अभी तक इस खेल की मेजबानी का मौका नहीं मिला था।' गौड ने बताया कि पिछले ढाई साल के करीब छह हजार मजदूर लगभग पांच किलोमीटर इस बुद्व इंटरनेशनल सर्किट को बनाने को तैयार करने में लगे हुए हैं। इस ट्रैक की चौड़ाई करीब 10 से 14 मीटर है जिसमें करीब 16 मोड़ हैं।' उन्होंने बताया कि एफआईए से मान्यता प्राप्त फार्मूला वन की इस दौड़ को देखने के लिए देश-विदेश से करीब एक लाख लोग आएंगे। इस दौड़ को देखने के लिए ढाई हजार से लेकर करीब एक लाख रुपये तक का टिकट हो सकता है जबकि छात्रों को रियायत आदि देने के बारे में टिकट कमेटी विचार कर रही है।

यह पूछने पर कि इस प्रतियोगिता का भी राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों की तरह ऐन मौके तक काम तो नहीं चलेगा गौड़ ने कहा कि यह रेस अक्टूबर में होगी और 15 अगस्त को झंडा वहीं फहराया जाएगा। आने वाली बारिश की भी हमें चिंता नहीं है क्योंकि एफएआई विशेषज्ञों की देखरेख में इस रेस का ट्रैक पहले ही बन कर तैयार हो चुका है और साज-सज्जा का जो काम शेष है वह जुलाई तक हो जाएगा। यह पूछने पर एक सप्ताह की ग्रां प्री दौड़ के लिए 1700 करोड़ खर्च करने की क्या जरूरत थी। गौड ने कहा कि कोई न कोई कभी न कभी पहल तो करता ही है। जेपी स्पो‌र्ट्स इंटरनेशनल लिमिटेड [जेपीएसआई] ने इसका जिम्मा लिया है। हम इस दौड़ को सफलतापूर्वक आयोजित कर देश के विकास में अपना योगदान देना चाहते हैं। इसके अलावा यहां अन्य मोटरस्पोटर्स भी आयोजित किए जाएंगे।'

उन्होंने कहा, हमें अपनी जिम्मेदारी का अहसास है और हम चाहते हैं कि विदेश और देश के कोने-कोने से इस रेस को देखने वाले लोग तारीफ करके अपने देश जाए। उन्होंने बताया कि इस दौड़ को देखने आने वालों को किसी प्रकार परेशानी नहीं हो इसका पूरा-पूरा ध्यान रखा जाएगा। 1,500 कार पार्किग की व्यवस्था की गई है। इसके अलावा फीडर बस और एसी कोच के अलावा विदेश से आने वालों के लिए करीब चार हजार कमरों की व्यवस्था की गई है। गौड़ के अनुसार, कार रेस के दौरान किसी प्रकार की चिकित्सा सहायता के लिए तीन हेलीकाप्टर एकदम तैयार रहेंगे। इसके अलावा मेडिकल सहायता के लिए फोर्टिस से करार किया है, जबकि ट्रैफिक व्यवस्था के लिए भी पूरी योजना तैयार की जा रही है। उन्होंने बताया कि जापान और बहरीन से करीब 700 अनुभवी मार्शलों को आमंत्रित किया गया है, ताकि दौड़ के दौरान किसी अप्रिय घटना होने पर तुरंत कार्रवाई की जा सके। जेपीएसआई के प्रबंध निदेशक समीर गौड़ ने कहा, 'हमारा फार्मूला वन के आयोजक एफआईए से पांच साल का करार हुआ है। यह करार ज्यादा से ज्यादा दस साल का हो सकता है।' इस ट्रैक पर अगले साल से अन्य मोटर स्पो‌र्ट्स भी आयोजित किए जाएंगे। गौड़ ने कहा कि बुद्व इंटरनेशनल सर्किट भारत में पहला और दुनिया के सबसे अच्छे ट्रैकों में एक होगा। इसको दुनिया भर के अनुभवी लोगों के साथ मिलकर तैयार किया गया है।

F1’s new circuits all on track 

Written by Kate Walker

Wednesday, 06 April 2011 13:00

Greater Noida, India: 2011. Austin, Texas (USA): 2012. Sochi, Russia: 2014. For anyone concerned that the global building trade is in decline, there’s a lot of work going on to create the newest tracks on the F1 calendar.

As the next race to make its Formula 1 debut, all eyes are on India to make sure that work is completed on schedule. No one wants to see a repeat of the Korea debacle, which saw the track approved with what felt like 20 minutes to go before the race after construction work was delayed by typhoons throughout the summer months.

But work on the track in Greater Noida is currently ahead of schedule, and barring any catastrophes the Jaypee Circuit will be completed in time for Charlie Whiting’s final inspection in late June. The first layer of asphalt has already been laid, and Whiting conducted his penultimate inspection of the track last month – it passed with flying colours.

Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok has been using his Twitter feed to keep fans up to date with the track’s progress. At the end of March, Chandhok became the first man to complete laps of the circuit. After his initial run, Chandhok told his Twitter followers that “the layout is a lot faster than I thought and the wider overtaking special entries into turns 3, 4 and 16 will work superbly!”

Meanwhile, over in Austin, race promoters Full Throttle Productions are confident that they too will be able to avoid the curse of Korea and complete their build on time.

Speaking to local TV station KVUE, PR for the Austin Grand Prix Jeff Hahn confirmed that all was going to plan. “Right now, as it stands, all of our construction milestones are on track,” he said. “It's an aggressive schedule, we are planning on a June 2012 opening day; now it's not unusual – a lot of other tracks like this have been built in the same amount of time.”

Now that ground has been broken on site, and work is officially underway, the track is beginning to take shape. “The neat part about the construction site right now is that you can actually see the contours of where the race track is going to be,” Hahn said. “The difficult story to tell about the site is the scale of this project. The track itself is 3.4 miles (5.472km) from a loop standpoint, but the property and how it fills up that space is just astonishing.”

Organisers of the Russian Grand Prix have a bit more breathing room than their colleagues in India and the United States, but the extra time does not mean that thumbs are being twiddled. The Sochi race needs to be organised in concert with the Winter Olympic Games scheduled to take place in the same town in 2014, and there is a chance that the first Russian race will be put back to 2015 if the International Olympic Committee feels that the F1 construction plans will put the Games at risk.

As a result, Russian race organiser Dmitry Chernyshenko is working in concert with the IOC, and has submitted his plans to the Committee for approval. Speaking to Reuters earlier this week, Chernyshenko was quoted as saying “it's well on track. It was decided that the IOC will review the final feasibility study at the forthcoming executive project review in May and they will see the real construction design document to realize the overlapping with the Olympic infrastructure. It's a great project in terms of creating the additional legacy and to fulfill the Olympic Park with the post-Games activities.”

Much like the Indian Grand Prix, the Russian race is part and parcel of a much larger development project. The two circuits will also see a swathe of housing construction in the wider area, and it is hoped that the prestige of Formula 1 will attract private and investment buyers to the luxury property developments.

“This [F1] is a great attraction to speed up and attract the potential owners of the commercial property that will be built,” Chernyshenko told Reuters. “We are going to build about 20,000 rooms for the Games, some will be apartments. They should be on sale with some clear reason why people should buy them. Such regular events like Formula 1 … will attract the commercial buyer. There are pure endorsement and mutual benefits for both Olympic Games and Formula 1 project. [F1] will not impact on the timeframe of the preparation for the Games.” By Kate Walker

Update 14 Feb 2011

Whiting impressed by Delhi F1 circuit

Plans at the JPSIL Formula 1 circuit took a positive step forward following a visit from FIA Race Director, Charlie Whiting.

The inaugural Indian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on October 30th and work on the circuit seems to be progressing steadfast and well ahead of schedule. Bernie Ecclestone has been a major promoter of bringing Formula 1 to India and igniting huge interest in the sport through our country of a billion people.

Whiting completed his inspection of the layout in Noida on Sunday and was extremely pleased with the progress that had been made on the site. With the granular hard court layer of the surface now being completed and the run off areas for corners also nearing completion, laying of the tarmac for the track will commence on the 15th of March. Work on the service roads for the public entering the circuit along the Yamuna expressway are also well under way and should be complete ahead of the circuit's next inspection.

Vicky Chandhok, President of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI), was present along with members of the Gaur family, the key promoters of the Indian Grand Prix, to welcome Mr. Whiting to the site and receive his nod of approval. Sameer Gaur, Managing Director of JPSI, said: "The progress since Charlie's last visit has been fairly rapid and all of us including Mr. Whiting are very pleased with the way things stand at the moment and we are looking forward to the first Indian GP. The JPSIL F1 track will be complete ahead of schedule!"

The Formula 1 Race Director and his team are expected to make several such visits to the site over the next few months to monitor the progress and ensure the developments at the home of the Indian Grand Prix continue.

With the final Formula 1 inspection slated for 30th June 2011, the Indian Grand Prix looks certain to be one of the country's sporting spectacles of 2011 and a delight for the teams and Indian audiences alike.


23 Nov, 2010, 01.43AM IST, Pankaj Doval,TNN

After F1, MotoGP coming to Greater Noida?

NEW DELHI: MotoGP, the world's premier motorcycling championship, may well be headed to India following on the heels of Formula One car racing which debuts in 2011.

Jaypee group, that's building an F1 racing track in Greater Noida , has entered into talks with Madrid-based Dorna, the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights of the MotoGP World Championship, to get the races to India.

"Yes, we are in touch with Dorna. The racing track we are building is designed to host both F1 and MotoGP," said Manu Bhaskar Gaur, executive general manager of Jaypee Sports International. He added that while the F1 race is slated for October next year, the company hopes to get MotoGP on the tracks by 2012.

In another first, an Indian rider is set to enter the 125cc class of MotoGP. It was announced on Tuesday that Ten10 Racing, a Bangalore team, has tied up with San Marino-based WTR Team for a provisional entry in the 125cc class. To be called WTR-Ten10 Racing Team, it will field an Indian and an Italian. Automaker Mahindra too is launching a team for the 125cc races.

MotoGP is likely to come to India in 2012. Its entry would come as good news for the increasing number of racing enthusiasts in India. While racing is still at its infancy in the country, it commands eyeballs at the premium and vastly influential end of the market – the urban youth. A fan base of affluent youngsters makes companies confident about the success of the sport in India as well as its ability to attract big-ticket corporate endorsements.


F1: Noida is all set for the Indian GP

Details on how things are shaping up at India's F1 track By:Arindam Bhattacharjee |Published :October 25, 2010

Auto racing, said Henry Ford famously, began five minutes after the second car was built. In about a year and nine days from now, the most frenetic format of car racing is slated to blast off in India, putting the country on the Formula 1 map. Formula 1 Racing, considered the second most popular sport in the world after soccer, and certainly the fastest, makes its debut in the country on October 30 next year in Greater Noida, some 55 km from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. It will be the 20th field in the global F1 circuit.
As the track gets ready, enthusiasts like Gautam Singhania, chairman & managing director of Raymond Group, cannot contain their excitement. “This is really a good thing,” he says. “India will have its first Formula 1 track. It is quite interesting that India figures in the Grand Prix calendar for next year.”

Singhania has driven a Formula 1 car in France, a Ferrari 360 Modena in a road and track rally across Europe, and a Lamborghini Gallardo in Europe's CannonBall Run. He has also formed the first super car club in India.

When asked how he would be associated with the F1 track here, called the Jaypee International Race Track, Singhania said: “I will certainly love to drive on the F1 track in Noida.”

The 5.14-km track being built next to the Yamuna expressway, better known as the Taj Corridor, is three-fourths ready. A tour of the circuit reveals that soil treatment and laying of the special track – seven layers of soil treatments as ordained by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) – are almost done. Foundations of the grand stand and other infrastructure have been raised, the homologation with FIA standards have begun.

Mark Hughes, vice-president (operations) with Jaypee Sports International Ltd, which is building the project, says talks are on with a telecom company for a large sponsorship deal which will be sealed in seven months.

Being built at a cost of $350 million, the track is designed by Herman Tilke, an old hand who has designed circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, Indonesia, the UAE, South Africa, South Korea and the US.

“A large team of Tilke’s — about 50 Germans — has been stationed in Noida since the beginning of this year to work on the track,” says Hughes. An FIA technical team and several F1 contestants will descend on this part of the world in December to check the progress. The construction is slated to end in May next year.

Hughes, who is from south of London, is a motorsport enthusiast himself — he rallies a 550cc Royal Enfield Bullet every Sunday. For the last 10 months, Noida has been home to him. “We got the full parcel of land in 2009 and had to move more than 4 million tonnes of earth to make this flat piece of land one of the fastest, most exciting circuits in the world,” he says. However, the F1 track closest to his heart is Brands Hatch, where he was once the operations manager.

Over 300 people, tractors, earth movers, concrete mixers and supervision jeeps at the construction site present a different picture of the 20th F1 field, but Hughes promises that it will be unrecognisable after May. “We will have a track which will have some of the most unique corners in the world at lanes 3, 10 and 11,” says Hughes, adding that steep undulations will be the real challenge for drivers on the Indian track.

Technology for the F1 circuit has posed a challenge to the information technology industry in India. The country may be providing IT solutions to the rest of the world, but, according to Hughes, some of the advanced technology solutions for F1 – like the signaling system and timers – have to be bought from companies like MyLaps, TSL or Tag Heuer. Otherwise, about 75 per cent infrastructure is being sourced from within India and 98 per cent of the workforce building the F1 track is Indian.

JK Tyre, which has regularly hosted motorsports in India since 1994, is excited. The company believes that the F1 track in India will open up opportunities not only for motorsports but also other related businesses. “The world of motorsports will now look at India as a cost centre. A season of rally (six rounds of 12 races each in a single-seater car at level four) that costs Rs 1.5 crore in Europe will cost just Rs 5 lakh in India. With F1 infrastructure now available here, business will start pouring in. JK Tyre already plans to host an auto-cross in the parking lot of the F1 circuit, a drag race and other races much before October 30, 2011,” says Sanjay Sharma, general manager & head, motor sport, JK Tyre.

According to Sharma,JK Tyre will look at buying hospitality space and permanent branding around the Jaypee race track. One can expect to see deals happening in the next six months or so. The company is also thinking of investing in the infrastructure. The Delhi-based company, which has been into sports sponsorships, already spends about Rs 8 crore on motorsports in India every year.

So fasten your seatbelts and count the days.

In 2011, Greater Noida on Formula One circuit

Dhananjay Khadilkar, TNN, Sep 9, 2010, 12.03am IST

PUNE: It's official. India will host its first Formula 1 Grand Prix on October 30, 2011. The announcement came following an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday. The addition of an Indian GP to the F1 calendar will make 2011 a 20-race season, the longest in the history of the sport.

According to FIA deadlines, the track needs to be completed by July 30 and it will get a go-ahead subject to FIA homologation.

The 5.14-km track, located on the outskirts of Greater Noida (35km from Delhi) is being built by Noida-based Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) and is designed by German racetrack designer Hermann Tilke, who has designed F1 circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, UAE and South Korea.

According to Mark Hughes, vice-president (operations) of JPSI, the track will be among the top five in the world as far as average speed is concerned. The average time per lap is expected to be around 1 minute 24 seconds. The track will have straights, quick corners and elevation changes. Hughes assured that the track would be ready by May 31.

FIA delegates will then inspect the safety conditions of the circuit along with the nature of the track surface. The track, which is being built at a cost of $350 million, will have a spectator capacity of 1-1.2 lakh and won't be restricted to Formula 1 races. It's being built to accommodate MotoGP and Superbike races as well.

Indian F1 driver Karun Chandhok said the announcement will provide a major boost to Indian motorsports. "With the Indian GP, more people in India will have access to not only F1 but motorsports in general. For me personally, it will be thrilling to be on the grid and hear the Indian national anthem before the start of the Grand Prix."

Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan said that the track at Noida will prove to be a catalyst to Indian motorsports, similar to what Sepang was to Malaysia. "I am very happy and excited by the announcement. To have an Indian team on an Indian circuit will be a treat for home fans. This will also ensure participation of the automotive sector in motorsports," Karthikeyan said.

According to Hughes, ticket prices will be affordable and have different grades. Tickets will go on sale from January next year.

Among the various features of the track is the main grandstand that can seat 30,000 people.

"It's a monumental task, and work is under way at a staggering pace. Hold on to your holiday programmes for next year, for Greater Noida might just be the place to visit in October for an adrenaline-induced weekend," said Hughes.


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