The track at the Buddh International Circuit may be nearing completion, however, the job is far from done for the organisers as the venue still resembles a work in progress - grubby parking lots, mud-covered entrances to all the stands, including the main grandstand, and even erroneous boards in the pit garage.
All the layers of tarmac at the circuit, which will be officially unveiled next Friday, have been laid. However, the venue still needs to be spruced up as was evident when HT visited the circuit on Friday.
The organisers, Jaypee Sports International Limited (JPSI), will also need to brush up on their F1 info as they goofed up the names of F1 drivers in the respective pit garages. In the Renault garage the name of Nick Heidfeld, who was replaced by Brazilain driver Bruno Senna prior to the Belgian GP, was plastered on the wall.
In the HRT garage, Narain Karthikeyan's name was there alright. However, in the garage next to him, Daniel Ricciardo's name was put up. Surprising, considering that the Australian rookie has himself maintained that he will be vacating his race seat for the Indian ace during the October 28-30th race. One wonders what HRT's lead driver, Vitantonio Luizzi feels about this.
The main parking lot, the entrance to the grandstand and even the road leading into the BIC complex were still a pile of mud.
Labourers were busy sowing seeds but with little over three weeks to go, it remains to be seen if the organisers will reap the benefits.
The track itself was nearing completion. Barring a few exceptions, such as the gravel trap near turn 14, which still wan't laid, or the kerbs, which still have to be painted in F1's distinct red and white colour scheme.
During the circuit unveiling next Friday, former A1 racer Neel Jani of Switzerland will become the first driver to take a spin around the circuit. He will drive Red Bull's 2006 model car that was showcased by Ricciardo at Rajpath earlier this month.