India is still very much a new destination as far as motorsport is concerned, let alone Formula 1. However, the enthusiasm of the locals, the culture and the organised chaos make this F1 round rather unique.
The Buddh International Circuit has hosted a couple of grands prix so far, both of which were won by Sebastian Vettel. The inaugural event was a resounding success with a huge spectator turnout despite the predictable teething problems. Attendance in 2012 was down on the previous year, eventhough most issues were ironed out. Sales figures for 2013 are slowly picking up; and the picnic and natural stands are nearly sold out.
Don't expect a European atmosphere in this land where cricket is king. This is one for the curious, the Vettel supporters, or simply the travellers spending some time in this vibrant country, and who will be attending the F1 weekend as part of their itinerary.
Grandstand A - PHOTO : FRANÇOIS FLAMAND / DPPI for Renault Sport F1
On the 27th September, the FIA World Motor Sport Council published a revised version of the draft F1 calendar handed out to the teams for the Italian Grand Prix at the beginning of the month.
The calendar now features 22 rounds (three more than in 2013) and includes four new grands prix.
The latest addition, the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey, will take place on the 1st June, a week after Monaco and a week before the Canada. Austria will take place at the Red Bull Ring on the 22nd June, Russia on the 5th October and Mexico on the 9th November, heading an all American end of the season starting the week before in Austin for the USGP and finishing three weeks later in Brazil.
India will miss 2014 but will be back early 2015 instead of its usual end of season slot.
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