28 - 30 October 2011
Venue: New Delhi
Circuit Length: 5.137 km
Lap Record: Yet to be set
Yet another new venue in the East – and yet another new Hermann Tilke design, which was formally opened on Tuesday October 15.
Buddh International Circuit is close to New Delhi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
It’s a layout of three distinct parts: the first is dominated by the long sprint – over a kilometre – from Turns 3-4; the second is reminiscent of Suzuka with its uphill twists and turns, culminating in the 215-degree loop; the third comes back downhill to the last of the circuit’s 16 turns.
Overall it’s a $400m investment by the organizers, the circuit being part of a large sports and leisure complex.
Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan will drive for HRT and calls the event “a dream come true for so many people” and “a huge emotional connect”.
Insiders are forecasting a lap time of around 1:27 and an average lap speed in excess of 210 km/h.
“A real rollercoaster ride” is how Mark describes Buddh, of which he completes a virtual lap on the Red Bull website.
“An unusual track peppered with difficult spots and awesome chicanes,” he calls it, and he tips it to be one of the fastest on the current calendar.