Greater Noida: The Buddh International Circuit was on Tuesday unveiled amid much fanfare ahead of the widely-anticipated inaugural Indian Grand Prix and was described as "one of the best in the world" by the country's first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan. BJP questions tax waiver to F1 event by Mayawati JPSI cuts F1 ticket prices by up to Rs. 20,000 (Agencies)
"I have raced on all the major F1 tracks across the globe and I rate this track as one of the best in the world," said Karthikeyan.
There has been much speculation about the readiness and preparation of the track for the on October 30 showpiece but all that was put to rest when the 5.4-km long racetrack, Jaypee's Buddh International Circuit, was formally opened in the presence of Manoj Gaur, the chairman of Jaypee Group, Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and Karthikeyan.
The track got its name from spiritual leader Gautam Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Incidentally, the track is located in the Gautam Buddh Nagar District.
Spread over 875 acres, the fastest lap time on the track is expected to be under 1 minute 27 seconds with average speeds crossing 210 kmph. There will be a total of sixty laps in the race.
"It's the greatest sporting infrastructure created by a private company and it also conforms to the latest set of FIA guidelines," said Gaur.
Asked about the security measures that would be put in place during the event, Gaur said, "Security has been beefed up at all levels. We have made no compromise on that front."
One of the questions that the organisers would be asking themselves is how to maintain the track once the race is over.
"Circuit needs to be utilised properly and definitely national racing events will be held on this track after the race. That is how budding Indian racers will come up. Around $400 million has been invested in this whole project," said Chandhok.
The Chennai-born Karthikeyan warmed up for the home GP by driving a Mercedes safety car for a couple of laps to get a feel of the track.
On the occasion, the theme song of the event was also released, sung by leading Bollywood and Indipop singers Leslie Lewis, Daler Mehandi, KK and Lucky Ali. The number is a racy one in sync with the nature of the event. The race tune is "Hum mein raftar jeete bar bar".
For the assembled mediapersons, a car show was organised where Neel Jani, the Swiss racer of Indian origin, burnt the rubber in a Red Bull Racing car at the Jaypee circuit.
Jaypee Sports International Ltd (JSIL) that will host India's first ever F1 Grand Prix on its track this month-end, on Tuesday said it has sold out 70 per cent of the total tickets available.
In order to give Formula One enthusiasts a chance to witness the race, the company has slashed ticket prices by up to Rs 20,000 for those who book it on this coming Sunday (October 23).
"We have already sold out about 70 per cent of the total tickets available and 90 per cent of the corporate boxes," JPSI's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sameer Gaur told reporters here.
He said with a lot of demand coming for the race tickets, the company has decided to slash the ticket prices for one day on October 23.
Those who book a ticket for grand stand on that day will get it for Rs 15,000 per ticket as against the normal price of Rs 35,000.
Similarly, a classic stand ticket can be booked for just Rs 4,000 against the normal price of Rs 6,500, while that of picnic stand would be available for Rs 3,000 as compared to the usual price of Rs 6,000 per ticket.
JPSI Officer Sales Ishani Ghosh said that apart from corporates like UB Group, Mercedes and Airtel, which are associated with the race, others like NIIT, Punj Lloyd and MTS Mobile have also booked corporate boxes.
"There are about 55 corporate boxes and each box has 30 seats," she said.
JPSI had earlier stated it expects to garner about Rs 150 crore from ticket sales of the race.
Greater Noida: The Buddh International Circuit was on Tuesday unveiled amid much fanfare ahead of the widely-anticipated inaugural Indian Grand Prix and was described as "one of the best in the world" by the country's first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
BJP questions tax waiver to F1 event by Mayawati
JPSI cuts F1 ticket prices by up to Rs. 20,000