Formula Racing

A Sneak Peak at Buddh International Circuit

A country which was never on the map of racing circuits despite its one billion plus population, it was hard to ignore India for long. And so it happened in the fall of 2011 when India witnessed its 1st race of the Formula One Grand Prix that was received by tremendous fanfare and enthusiasm. The whole aura of the Formula One race has brought in such grandeur and glory that India is soon being seen as the latest Eastern powerhouse for the sport along with Korea and Singapore.

This brand new Grand Prix circuit Buddh International Circuit takes its name from Lord Buddha, is a 5.14 kms long circuit designed by renowned circuit architect Hermann Tilke. Three high- speed stretches to test the top speeds of the racing cars as well as plenty of curves and turns to keeps the challenge on for the drivers as well as their respective team engineers.

Situated 40 Kms away from India’s Capital New Delhi, in the suburbs of Greater Noida the Indian GP can currently seat up to 1,20,000 people which is expandable up to 2,00,000.

Nearly 4 million cubic tonnes of Earth was removed during the construction of this magnificent circuit and the track has an elevation of 14 meters with corner 1 and corner 3 alone.

One of the fastest circuits in the Formula One Calendar, the BIC provides great straight line speeds for highly powerful racing cars and provides ample overtaking opportunities across its 16 turns.

Turn 1 offers a great overtaking opportunity to the race drivers at the start of the race and this shall be very crucial during the course of the race as many cars will jostle up in ode to overtake each other.

Turn 3 which is the slowest of the four slow turns with the speed of the race cars going down up to 80 kms/hr which is then followed by the longest stretch where the speeds can reach upto a maximum of 320 kms/hr.

View of the T6 and T7 from the East Side Classic Stand that enthralls the audience with the high powered cars blasting past with high sounds.

Turns 8 and 9 will test the maneuvering skills of the driver as overtaking at these turns can be really tricky.

A Force India in action during the inaugural Indian Grand Prix that garnered tremendous support and cheers from the local audience.

One of the long stretches across the track that provides a scenic view of the water body surrounded by lush green out fields.

The pit-lane is one of the longest lanes in F1 which is as long as 600 meters. This is a vital number considering many of the race strategies are determined during the pit stops.

Adrian Sutil’s Force India that finished among the points in 2011 can be seen here. Force India will be hoping to better the last year results in India as they have the right firepower in their Mercedes engines and have great drivers in Hulkenberg and DiResta. Not to miss, the home support that will be rooting for them.

All sights will be on the 2nd edition of the Indian Grand Prix 2012 which was won by the defending champion Sebastian Vettel. However with a lot more enthusiasm than last year and the races getting more competitive we may see some drama that could make the points table look much more interesting.

After a great start to the biggest racing extravaganza last year that put India on the global map, this year would be a great opportunity to get more people hooked to F1 and boost the upcoming racers and drivers to aim for making it to this circuit situated on the outskirts of New Delhi. This sprawling circuit will be home to all kinds of races in the future and with the people having started to follow the races closely, India may well soon become the hub of Asian racing circuit.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes