At the inaugural Indian grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida this weekend, all eyes in the stands would be on India's Sahara Force India team and Indian racer Narain Karthikeyan while he races for Hispania Racing Team on his home ground.
24 cars will line up on the grid for Friday practice session ready to qualify for Saturday and the main event on Sunday. As this is a new circuit it would pose its challenges to all teams, some of who have yet to get a chance to view the track. All racers have tested the tracks on simulators but getting a feel of the real circuit is a different experience altogether.
Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher took a walk around the circuit on Thursday, while Jarro Trulli of team Lotus had a cycle ride around the track. Drivers are excited to race down the track which has a good number of turns and elevations with some straight lengths as well. It is essential to have the right set of tyres as a newly laid track usually poses some gripping difficulties, and just one car crashed at FP1 yesterday afternoon.