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Lap it up
Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 23, 2012
First Published: 17:09 IST(23/10/2012)
Last Updated: 01:17 IST(24/10/2012)
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil takes a corner during the qualifying round of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam. AFP / Roslan Rahman

Last year, Formula One made an impressive debut in India with its inaugural race at the Buddh International Circuit. This year, it returns with a bigger bang and cheaper tickets in a bid to woo F1 watchers. And with the race to the Formula One Championship still on, sports enthusiasts are gearing up for the big race this weekend.

With a lot of F1 enthusiasts flooding the Capital from other cities to catch the action live, demand for bookings have increased by upto 10%, and travel operators such as Cox & Kings have come up with special F1 packages that include hotel accommodation, flights, airport transfers and transport to and from the hotel and the race venue. The official booking agent for the Indian Grand Prix, Book My Show, is offering tickets for the entire racing weekend.

Ticket prices start at Rs. 3,000 and go up to Rs. 21,000, depending on which stand you choose. “However, one needs to know what facilities are available and also pick the perfect spot. Else, it will just be a blink-and-miss experience,” says Vijay Karnik, a Formula One enthusiast.

Tech time:

Worried you might sound like a novice among the pros discussing lap timings, pit stops and lap positions? Go one up on them by using these apps:

F1 Live! For BlackBerry: Offers the complete season calendar with exclusive live coverage for each race with commentary, results and latest driver and constructor championship standings.

F1 2012 Timing App: Get live timing, tire data, race control messages, track positioning and more in real-time for the entire Grand Prix weekend, across practice, qualifying rounds and the race itself. The free ‘lite’ version skips the live timing and other real-time features in favour of news feeds from Formula One.com, session results, a race calendar, event countdowns and notifications when a session or race begins. The app can be downloaded for iOS, Blackberry or Android. Available at the Apple Store and Google Play.

F1 2011 Game: Race around the Buddh International Circuit as well as 18 other tracks around the world with this app. Twenty four cars race for the 2011 Championship season.


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