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Formula One Arrives in India

A SALT Feature

The last weekend of October this year will see Delhi hosting the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of the historic capital city. Twelve Formula One teams will have their cars speeding the tracks, with famous names behind the steering wheels. Force India Formula One Team will be one of the thundering dozen, with drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Vesta vying for the championship.

 Formula One remains one of the world’s biggest sports stories. It attracts the rich and not-so-rich, rock stars, film stars, sportsmen, and armchair enthusiasts alike. Over the years Formula 1 came to be associated with Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. Films and documentaries have been made on the lives of F1 champions and the sport as well. Today, the series is a highly professional, global sport. In fact, it is almost a global business, with budgets and expenses that run into hundreds of millions of dollars, attracting the best drivers in the world.

But F1 is a truly global sport, moving every fortnight to a different part of the globe, visiting 18 countries this year. The Indian Grand Prix, to be held in Delhi this October, is the latest addition to the F1 circuits. Next year, the series will hold a U.S. Grand Prix, at a new purpose-built track in Austin, Texas, which will become the permanent home of Grand Prix in the US.

The inaugural Indian Grand Prix 2011 will take place on October 30, at the Buddh international circuit, a state-of-the-art 12-metre wide track in Delhi. The interest in Formula One has grown enormously, despite the fact that there was no world-class circuit or race in India, though there are two club circuits with some club racing.

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