Buddh International Circuit India
Already a landmark in Delhi – NCR, Buddh International Circuit, inaugurated on the 18th of October 2011 is one of the finest tracks in formula 1. Racing giants like Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton described it as an extremely challenging circuit, where one needs to make quick shifts between speed and control. The combination of elevations, turns and long straight stretches make this a great track for high speed racing. The average speed of 210km/h around the 5.14km circuit, is the highest for the season. The track received phenomenal appreciation from all corners and was witness to crowd numbers unheard of in the history of formula. The circuit has a capacity touching 150,000 and the race runs for 60 odd laps. The success with the first season has made the Indian Grand Prix a permanent fixture in the season. This year the five red lights go off once more to mark the beginning of the race on 28th Oct. I was witness to the grand spectacle in the first season and would seriously recommend that you should go and watch the race at the Buddh International Circuit.
Driver standings after race 7
- Lewis Hamilton from Mclaren at 88 points
- Fernando Alonso from Ferrari at 86 points.
- Sebastian vettel from Red Bull 85 points.
- Mark Webber from Red Bull 79 points.
- Nico Rosberg from Mercedes 67 points.
Why is this season so special?
- First time in the history of F1, seven different racers have won the first seven races of the season. Competition will be immense even during the 17th race at the Indian Grand Prix.
- After a mediocre performance in the last season, Ferrari (more specifically Fernando Alonso) seems to be getting the bearings right.
- The administrators have promised that the facilities inside and outside the circuit would be much better this time as compared to the previous season.
Why go watch at the circuit when I can watch on TV?
I have been a keen follower of F1 for more than 10 years now, and believe me, watching a race live is a treat to all the senses. In television you are well updated with the race standings, lap timings, who took a pit stop, who crashed out. But, you miss out on some very enjoyable aspects of the race. It is almost impossible to gauge at what speed the cars are going, as it looks a lot slower on TV. When you are at the circuit, you can see for yourself the speed with which the cars fly past you. The sound of the engine coming at you even before you have the first glimpse of the cars raises the anticipation and excitement. Go and grab a seat near the tracks and you can smell burnt rubber. Also, don’t worry about not being able to follow the race as huge screens are placed everywhere.
Downside of watching the race at the circuit
- The noise levels are extremely high. It will be very difficult for you to have any sort of conversation with anyone for the 1 and a half hours, till the race gets over. Make sure you carry ear plugs with you.
- The food and merchandise at the circuit is very expensive. A samosa for Rs200 hurts bad.
- Tickets prices are on the higher side.
Which seat to book on the circuit?
The question of which seat you should book on the circuit depends on a number of criteria. The key ones could be cost, view, ambiance and the facilities on offer. If you want a view to die for, with all pre-race excitement, lovely pit girls, up close view of the drivers , a plethora of food and drinks options, great service and the all important chequered flag, then think no further and book the main grand stand tickets. A main grand stand ticket might cost you around Rs35,000. The premium north stand is situated at the first turn in the circuit. An experience at watching F1 will tell you that within the first couple of seconds of the race, innumerable cars battling to get forward crash out at the first turn itself. This might sound sadist but many people in the circuit eagerly wait for an event they could talk about, like a big crash or a stunning overtake right in front of them. This stand gets good excitement level at the beginning and the end of the race.
In the picnic north stand the average speed of the cars is relatively lower. However, this is a hot spot for overtakes throughout the race. The USP of the place however is facilities like an umbrella cover and seating on the grass. This stand is great if you want to have a romantic outing at the circuit. The same goes for picnic south stand with an added benefit of the view of the cars for much more time as it starts on the u –bend and has the view of at least 10 out of the 16 turns of the track. Tickets here are priced at INR12,500. The ticket prices may of course change but these are the current prices quoted on the website. Avoid Star stand 2 east as it is a hairpin turn and the speed of the car can not be gauged properly. Also, one does not get the full view of the car. It is surprising why this stand is priced higher than other stands.
A speed lover would choose Star stand 1 east or classic stand 1 east as the track in these portions are straight. They end on a curve giving the full view of the cars at a slower speed.
My personal favorite is classic stand 2 east where the cars slowly appear into the picture as it starts on a turn and then speed to the next turn giving you a glamorous view of the speed. The facilities here are fantastic with big screens and great food. You can easily get around 10 turn views here. The tickets are also priced at Rs6500 much cheaper than the others. Natural south stand gets a great view but the no seating policy in the October heat really spoils the fun.
At the Premium south stand, the cars are at their slowest speeds. A thrill seeker might not get much excitement as the accidents and overtakes are bare minimum here.
How to get to Buddh International circuit from Delhi ?
Marked as starting point as it is central Delhi and a very well known place in Delhi.
More information about the track
- Estimated average speed of 210km/h.
- Length of the circuit is 5.14 Kms
- Estimated time at full-throttle would be around 60%
- Expected maximum speed is 320 Km/h
- Total laps in the race is 60
- Distance covered by the cars in the entire race is 308 Kms
- Estimated braking time is around 15%
- Number of turns in the track -16
- Estimated gear changes per lap would be around 55.