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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

The race behind the race track
Mahim Gupta , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 21, 2013
First Published: 17:40 IST(21/10/2013)
Last Updated: 19:08 IST(21/10/2013)

About three years ago around this time, there was gush in the air as the Formula One track in the city was about to be launched. It was not just the unveiling at the racing facility; the city in itself had been through a massive transformation as large chunk of its heart was placed out for public demonstration. What preceded that was a two-year period of preparation, traffic jams and massive anticipation. And now, a new film is set to put on view the behind-the-scenes story no one knows.

Called Buddh International Circuit: A Race Against Time, the documentary was announced recently by the National Geographic Channel (NGC). “It was fascinating to go behind the scenes. I was amazed to know about the amount of work that went behind creating everything, be it the rails, the barriers or the electronic devices,” says one of the two co-directors of the film, Manika Berry Asgaonkar.

The film, to be telecast on the channel on October 25 at 8pm, will tell the tale of the sweat and toil that’s gone into creating the track. The circuit is the work of 8,000 men and women involved in creating the 5.4 km long track among other pieces.

Present at the launch, F1 driver Narain Karthiyean said, “The BIC circuit is the best in the world. Watching the clips from the documentary is an emotional experience. I had to pinch myself when the circuit was ready.”

But within just three seasons, the Indian F1 dream is already going sour — the race being cancelled for next year and the ticket sale being slow. “We will try our best to get some races for next year, especially considering that the Grand Prix is not a part of the schedule,” says Sameer Gaur, CEO Jaypee Sports.


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