Indian GP 2013 Preview
By the time the F1 circus first arrived in India, Sebastian Vettel had already stamped his ownership on the 2011 drivers’ title. But that didn’t stop him from dominating the new Herman Tilke-built Buddh International Circuit (BIC), where he won from pole to flag. BIC has since been applauded by the F1 fraternity for its good mix of fast and slow corners, which makes it a driver’s paradise. The drivers love it because it has the second fastest average speed of all the races in this season, which consequently allows the F1 cars to show the extent of their capabilities.
In terms of grip levels, the first year was an exception – because the track had never been used, it was too dusty to offer the amount of traction that the drivers needed. The first few practice sessions had such low levels of grip, the drivers felt as if they were performing in extreme wet conditions. But since then, it has seen a lot of corrective maintenance, and a string of manufacturers who’ve made regular use of the facility – making it a much more satisfying track to drive on by now.