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India, preview – Ross: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome new fans to our sport”

India, preview – Ross: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome new fans to our sport”

The 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 28 October at the Buddh International Circuit just outside New Delhi. Having made its Formula One debut last year, the 5.125 km circuit hosts Round 17 of this year’s championship.

Nine of the ten corners between Turns 5 and 14 are taken at between 200 and 250 kph. The maximum lateral force generated on the lap is 3.8 G in Turn 13.

The 230m run from pole to the apex of Turn 1 is the third shortest of the year after Monaco and Valencia. The cars spend 8.2s cornering in the double right-hander at Turns 10 and 11

“Next week will see Formula One’s second visit to India following the inaugural Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in October 2011” says Ross. “This year, our team is very pleased to be partnering with Airtel, title sponsors of the race, and we look forward to sharing our Indian Grand Prix experience with them.

It’s always a pleasure to welcome new fans to our sport, and Formula One certainly seemed to capture the imagination of those who came to the circuit last year. The facilities are very impressive, and the track proved a good challenge for the drivers.”

For Norbert, and after a successful inaugural race last year, “we are all excited to return to the Buddh International Circuit for the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix. We received a warm welcome from a very enthusiastic public last year and it was impressive to see the prestige Formula One enjoyed with the people on its first visit to India.

Following two long straights, and one shorter one, the circuit offers a challenging flow of corners from turns 5 to 15, especially the long right-hander at turns 10 and 11.

This puts high loads through the front-left tyre, while the expected temperatures in excess of 30°C will also make for additional challenges.”

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