Fine-tuned to International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) recommendations after last year’s race,a squeaky clean Buddh International Circuit (BIC) is all set to host the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix,scheduled to be held on October 28.
Showcasing their preparedness for the big weekend,the organisers on Thursday said the new changes will make the race more competitive.
“Some minor changes have been made to the run off areas that will enhance the over all experience of the race,” BIC’s general manager race operations,Farhan Vohra,told reporters.
“We have extended the width of few turns from five metres to fifteen and the height of the kerbs have been raised to 25mm,to discourage the drivers from using any shortcuts at the chicane,” he added.
Meanwhile,the track itself looks much cleaner than it did one year before while the landscape has also improved a great deal. Last year,a lot of drivers while appreciating the layout noted that there was a lot of dirt on the track.
“Last year there was a lot of construction going on. We were racing against time to get the track ready. This time,unless there’s something as unforeseen as a dust storm,there won’t be any such problem. And even in case of a dust storm,we have the necessary equipment to get the track ready,” said Vohra.
“Also,we have hired special mechanised dusters from Bahrain and these will start working after 15th October to clean up the minutest of dust particles from all over the track which cannot be washed with regular dusters.”
As for supplementary arrangements,organisers JPSI informed that the parking capacity has been raised to about 21,000 private cars and 1,000 motorcycle this time. There will also be 200 chartered buses from the Noida City Centre Metro Station to ferry spectators to the venue.
Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana will perform for the first time in India,taking stage at the F1 Rocks concert on October 28. His performance will encompass and showcase the ‘Greatest Hits’ tour for India. The 65-year-old musician has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date,Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards.
After last year’s fiasco,when a Metallica concert was cancelled at the last moment,the organisers have decided to steer clear of Gurgaon this time and stage Santana’s concert in Greater Noida.
Kaltenborn breaks a glass ceiling
YEONGAM: Indian-born Monisha Kaltenborn became Formula One’s first female team principal on Thursday after taking the helm at Sauber from founder Peter Sauber with immediate effect.
The Swiss-based team said in a statement at the Korean Grand Prix that 41-year-old Kaltenborn,who was previously chief executive,would take over Sauber’s duties at race weekends.
Sauber,who turns 69 on Saturday,will continue as president of the board of all Sauber group companies and retain responsibility for strategic direction. The cigar-smoking Swiss said previously he wanted to stand back and did not intend to be on the pit wall at the age of 70.
Apart from being the first woman in the role,Kaltenborn,who is an Austrian citizen,is the second Indian-born principal in the 12-team sport after Force India’s Vijay Mallya.
We decided a long time ago that Monisha would take over from me but we left the timing open. Now is a good time for both of us,so this is the right moment to pass on the baton,said Sauber in a statement.