Istanbul: More than anything else, the prospect of racing before a crowd, exceeding one lakh people, is what makes World Champion Sebastian Vettel wait excitingly
for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in October.
Vettel, the defending champion from Red Bull, yesterday
won his third race of the season after starting from pole
"We are looking forward to it. We have heard a lot of
things, a lot of good things. One thing I heard is that it
will be sold out and there will be a lot of people there, so
this will be fantastic," Vettel said after being asked about
Formula One coming to India.
The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida is
scheduled to host the 17th race of the current season on
October 30 but the confirmation is subject to homologation of
the facility in July.
The circuit will have a length of 5.14 km and the seating
capacity initially is expected to be 110,000 with provisions
to increase it later to 200,000.
Vettel was a little disappointed to see some empty seats
at the Istanbul Park and hoped that the scene would be
different in India.
"This race here (Istanbul Park) has very often been
criticised in the past for not having a lot of spectators.
Today, I have to say that the atmosphere was quite good and I
really enjoyed the last lap, but surely there were some empty
seats, so that`s what I will be looking forward to most (in
India), " he was quoted as saying by the official F1 website.
Vettel`s teammate Mark Webber, who finished second,
acknowledged India`s growth as a sports destination and
expected to meet some of the top cricketers of the country
during the race.
"Obviously, India has had some big events over the last
few years, with the Commonwealth Games and the cricket World
Cup -- I don`t know which side won the World Cup.. yes.. I do
-- but I am looking forward to going out there.”
"Formula One going there is a big event, it should go
smoothly. All of us always love to go the new venues. It`s a
beautiful country in many areas, so I am looking forward to
going to experience it and have some of the cricket players to
say hello to us guys," the Australian racer said.
Fernando Alonso, who got Ferrari its first podium result
of the season by finishing third yesterday, said he plans to
stay in India before the race.
"Yeah, same thing. Fantastic news coming from circuit and
we are all excited to race there for the first time. It`s also
a country that I want to visit and I will remain for a week
there between the races," Alonso said.