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Progress 'beyond expectations' in India 01 Sep 2011

Jaypee Sports International MD & CEO Sameer Gaur (left) with FIA race director Charlie Whiting and Vicky Chandhok, head of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, New Delhi, India, September 1, 2011 Official logo of Airtel Grand Prix of India Track map for the Indian Grand Prix circuit. © Jaypee Group

FIA race director Charlie Whiting says progress at India’s new Formula One venue, the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) near New Delhi, is ‘beyond expectations’. That is according to Vicky Chandhok, head of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, who accompanied Whiting on an inspection of the facility on Thursday.

The BIC, designed by renowned circuit architect Hermann Tilke, will host India’s inaugural F1 race, the 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India, in October and construction has been underway for several months at the site to the south of the capital in the suburb of Noida.

Organisers consulted several of the Formula One teams before construction of the track began, trialing its layout in various F1 factory simulators in order to tweak its design to guarantee excellent prospects for overtaking before the final 5.137 kilometre version was approved.

“I think we can expect a really interesting and fast track which should be not only quite a challenge for drivers and engineers, but should also provide a number of genuine overtaking opportunities," Whiting told the Times of India this week.

India’s first Grand Prix will take place on October 28-30, and with the project well on schedule, the BIC is expected to undergo its mandatory final FIA inspection in the week prior to the event.

For more information on the BIC and the 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India, click here.