Buddh International Circuit - Indian Grand Prix
Buddh International Circuit (BIC), originally known as Jaypee International Race Circuit, is India's first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. The track is located in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, not far from New Delhi, the capital of India. The race track was officially homologated in September 2011 and the first Indian Grand Prix was held over the weekend of 28-30 October 2011. The race was won by Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel. Besides 230 Indian race marshals, there were more than 100 experienced marshals from Bahrain assisting at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
The Hermann Tilke designed track is 5.125 kilometres long and features 16 corners, 9 right-handers and 7 left-handers. The direction is clockwise. The track’s combination of straights, corners and elevation changes has been designed to allow high speeds and provide good opportunities for overtaking. Elevations make the circuit special and it rises up to 14 meters from turn one to three. It is a real challenge for the drivers with a 210 km/h average speed and 320 km/h maximum speed. It has been reported that the circuit is the second-fastest on the calendar after the Monza F1 circuit in Italy.
The Buddh International Circuit is part of the Jaypee Greens Sports City, which is spread over 2,500 acres. The seating capacity is about 120,000 with plans to increase to 200,000. It is also planned to include a 25,000 seat hockey arena, 18-hole golf course, equestrian centre, 100,000 seat cricket stadium and a race academy for car and motorcycle drivers. There will also be a go-kart track with World Championship standards.