India has suddenly boomed in Formula One value having little more than viewership just a few years ago. Currently, the nation can lay claim to its own Formula One team in Force India and two drivers in the form of Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.
The natural thing to do after that would be to host its own race, which will be so later this year once the Buddh International Circuit is up and running. Having been penned in for 30 October 2011, the circuit, dubbed ‘India’s Racing Arena’ and having been designed by master Formula One circuit designer Hermann Tilke, will be one of the fastest circuits on the Formula One calendar.
Even with a total of 16 turns and a length of 5.14km, a modern Formula One car is projected to lap it in around the 1minute 20 second mark, making it one of the shortest lap times on the calendar. On the straights, the cars will be expected to hit top speeds in excess of 320km/h.