The winner may be decided but that’s no reason to skip out on the big party set to take place on the racing track in Delhi this Sunday. Here’s a lowdown of what you can expect.
It’s finally here. India will make its official debut on the F1 calendar with the inaugural race on October 30 at the Buddh International Circuit, Delhi. And if you are an amateur fan caught up in the hype, do not fear. You too could talk the talk after reading our handy guide on F1 racing.
Accommodation options: With most hotels already recording high occupancy and charging significantly higher tariffs, try this special offer by MyGuestHouse.net. Six handpicked boutique hotels near the race venue are offering discounts of 15-20 per cent. Rooms are available from Rs 3,000-4,200 per night, including to-and-fro from the venue and complimentary shuttle service. Call 120 4001700 for more information.
VIP race experience: Kyazoonga is offering exclusive tickets to the Formula One Paddock Club. The service offers top class VIP hospitality for three days (October 28-30, 2011) at $ 5,555 and two days (October 29-30, 2011) at $ 5,007.
The fully air-conditioned club is located just above the Formula One pits, with a privileged view of the pit lane and the main race start/finish straight. Enjoy access to Saturday and Sunday sessions with the option to take a ticket that includes Friday Free Practice sessions as well.
Guests also have the option of taking private or split suites. Private Suites include a personal and branded entrance, food and beverage stations, floral arrangements and TV screens while the Split Suites are a fully equipped and decorated hospitality area designed for individuals and small groups in a shared environment.
The Paddock Club tickets also include an open bar with champagne and a gourmet luncheon accompanied by fine wines. To know more, log on to: www.kyazoonga.com/ Kzmailer/formula1 html
Fri 28 October 2011
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30
Sat 29 October 2011
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00
Sun 30 October 2011
Race Date: 30 Oct 2011
Circuit Name: Buddh International Circuit
Number of Laps 60
Circuit Length: 5.137 km
Nearest Metro Station: Noida Sector 18 on the Blue Line.
* The new circuit has been built in the south of Delhi, in the Noida suburb
* The track is designed by renowned circuit architect, Hermann Tilke
* The venue can accommodate 1,50,000 spectators
* The track was constructed only after taking into account opinions from several of the teams, firsthand
* Four million cubic tones of earth were moved to give the track plenty of undulation. Between turns one and three, the track rises to 14 meters.
* This is the second quickest track in the world after Monza (Italy)
1 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 349
2 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 222
3 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 212
4 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 209
5 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 196
11 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 28
14 Paul di Resta British Force India-
26 Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth 0
28 Karun Chandhok Indian Lotus-Renault 0
Sebastian Vettel has already won the divers’ championship for 2011
1 RBR-Renault 558
2 McLaren-Mercedes 418
3 Ferrari 310
4 Mercedes 127
5 Renault 72
6 Force India-Mercedes 49
11 HRT-Cosworth 0
Discovery Turbo’s series, Inside Grand Prix, offers an insight into a Formula One race. It includes a episode on the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. Safety Car driver Bernd Mayländer will take viewers through a lap on the newly built circuit. Tune in every night at 9 pm on Discovery Turbo.
Chicane: A tight sequence of corners in alternate directions. Usually inserted into a circuit to slow the cars, often just before what had been a high-speed corner.
DRS: Also known as adjustable rear wings, DRS (Drag Reduction System) rear wings allows the driver to adjust the wing between two pre-determined settings from the cockpit. The system’s availability is electronically governed - it can be used at any time in practice and qualifying (unless a driver is on wet-weather tyres), but during the race can only be activated when a driver is less than one second behind another car at pre-determined points on the track. The system is then deactivated once the driver brakes. In combination with KERS, it is designed to boost overtaking. Also like KERS, it isn't compulsory.
Drive-through penalty: One of two penalties that can be handed out at the discretion of the Stewards whilst the race is still running. Drivers must enter the pit lane, drive through it complying with the speed limit, and re-join the race without stopping.
Formation lap: The lap before the start of the race when the cars are driven round from the grid to form up on the grid again for the start of the race. Sometimes referred to as the warm-up lap or parade lap.
KERS: Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, or KERS have been made legal from 2009 onwards. KERS recover waste kinetic energy from the car during braking and store that energy and then make it available to propel the car. The driver has access to the additional power for limited periods per lap, via a 'boost button' on the steering wheel.
Paddock: An enclosed area behind the pits in which the teams keep their transporters and motor homes.
Pit board: A board held out on the pit wall to inform a driver of his position during the race, the time interval to the car ahead or the one behind, plus the number of laps of the race remaining.
Pit wall: Where the team owner, managers and engineers spend time from the start till end of the race.
Pits: An area of track separated from the start/finish straight by a wall, where the cars are brought for new tyres and fuel during the race, or for set-up changes in practice, each stopping at their respective pit garages.
Pole position: The first place on the starting grid, as awarded to the driver who recorded the fastest lap time in qualifying.
Practice: The periods on Friday and on Saturday morning at a Grand Prix meeting when the drivers are out on the track working on the set-up of their cars in preparation for qualifying and the race.
Qualifying: This is the knock-out session on Saturday in which the drivers compete to set the best time they can in order to determine the starting grid for the race.
Safety Car: The course vehicle that is called from the pits to run in front of the leading car in the race in the event of a problem that requires the cars to be slowed.
Sectors: Timing purposes the lap is split into three sections, each of which is roughly a third of the lap. These sections are officially known as Sector 1, Sector 2 and Sector 3.
Steward: One of three high-ranking officials at each Grand Prix appointed to make decisions.
Stop-go penalty: A penalty given that involves the driver calling at his pit and stopping for 10 seconds, - with no refuelling or tyre-changing allowed.
Traction: The degree to which a car is able to transfer its power onto the track surface for forward progress.
Traction control: A computerised system that detects if either of a car’s driven (rear) wheels is losing traction - that’s if its spinning and transfering more drive to the wheel with more traction, thus using additional power efficiently. Outlawed from the 2008 season onwards.