Setting the Scene for the Indian Grand Prix

Setting the Scene for the Indian Grand Prix

Formula 1 seems to have taken to the Buddh International Circuit, despite its 'rough around the edges look, thanks to the enthusiasm India has shown for the sport ahead of it's maiden World Championship Grand Prix. Edd Straw sets the scene

After the months, years even, of speculation about the circuit's likely readiness, and amid widespread trepidation that the whole paddock will be struck down with 'Delhi Belly', Formula 1 has finally officially arrived in India. And although the Buddh International Circuit is rough around the edges - and the paddock doubly so - by and large the sport is glad to be here because it can deal with a bit of organised chaos when it heads somewhere that at least has a clear future.

Unlike certain other new F1 countries, where the arrival of a grand prix hasn't always led to a sustained groundswell of interest, India is ready for F1. For a start, it has an Indian-owned team and two drivers. That is hugely valuable for the appeal of this race, even if Karun Chandhok will be on the sidelines once the chequered flag falls at the end of Friday morning practice, leaving Narain Karthikeyan to carry the nation's hopes (which can stretch only to reaching the chequered flag, given his HRT machinery).

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