India’s first Grand Prix just got more real as the curtains on the Buddh International Circuit was dropped. Formula 1 fanatics have already been going crazy to get their eyeballs on the first Indian Grand Prix and there has been a mad surge for the tickets. The tickets are priced between Rs 2,500 and Rs 35,000.
The tickets for most of the stands are already sold out but this has done very little to deter the fans from digging deep into their wallets to get hold of a seat at the greatest spectacle in motor sports. In spite of the tickets priced at a high range of Rs 2,500 to Rs 35,000 for the magnificent grand stand, the organizers are walking away happily to the banks and are completely confident of a resounding success despite the expensive pricing of tickets.
The king priced ticket of Rs 35,000 would give the fans would a front on view of the cars smoking rubber which is certainly worth the price. The premium stands on the south of the grand stand is the most wallet friendly tickets priced at Rs 12,500. This would offer the fans snapshot views of parts of the grand event.
Then there’s hope even for the cash crunched auto fan with the lowest priced tickets at Rs 2,500 for the natural stands, where you will have a ring side view of the racing machines without pinching a holes in your pockets.
The Buddh International Circuit was thrown open yesterday amid frenzy fanfare with just days left for the starting of the Indian Grand Prix. India’s first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan described the track as “one of the best in the world". I have raced on all the major F1 tracks across the globe and I rate this track as one of the best in the world”.
The launch put rest to all the doubts regarding the racing spectacle’s quality and readiness for the October 30 showpiece. The 5.4-km long racetrack, Jaypee's Buddh International Circuit, was formally opened admist the presence of Manoj Gaur, the chairman of Jaypee Group, Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and Karthikeyan.
The track got its spiritual (name) connection from the founder of Buddhism, the great Gautam Buddha. As a matter of co incidence the track is located in the Gautam Buddh Nagar District. The entire racing area measures over 875 acres, with the fastest run on the track clocked in less than 1 minute 27 seconds at average speeds crossing 210 kmph. The venue will host the complete sixty laps of race. "It's the greatest sporting infrastructure created by a private company and it also conforms to the latest set of FIA guidelines," said Gaur.
Regarding the security measures during the fan frenzy mega event, Gaur said, "Security has been beefed up at all levels. We have made no compromise on that front." Also the organizers had everything planned with even a maintenance plan once the race is over. Chandok said that the "Circuit needs to be utilized properly and definitely national racing events will be held on this track after the race. That is how budding Indian racers will come up. Around USD 400 million has been invested in this whole project”. India’s first F1 driver too had a feel of the track with a couple of laps in the Mercedes safety car. The F1 track unveiling also got a musical touch to it with the release of the theme song of sung by leading Bollywood and Indi pop singers Leslie Lewis, Daler Mehandi, KK and Lucky Ali. The musical track too was roaring and gave foresight of things to come on the actual race day. The race theme is "Hum mein raftar jeete bar bar".