The Buddh International Circuit is an Indian motor racing circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, near the national capital New Delhi. The circuit is best known as the venue for the annual Formula One Indian Grand Prix, which was first hosted in 2011. The track was officially inaugurated on 18 October 2011. The 5.14 km long Circuit has been designed by world-renowned German architect and racetrack designer, Herman Tilke, who has also designed other world-class race circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, the UAE, South Korea and the US.
The circuit is part of the 2,500 acres (10 Sq Km) Jaypee Greens Sports City, Greens Sports City home which also includes a 100,000 seat cricket stadium, 18-hole golf course, 25,000 seat hockey stadium and a sports academy have been planned. The sports complex is expected to cost INR40 billion ($820 million) and generate $170m of revenue annually, and employ 10,000 people. The design was forwarded to the teams to gather feedback on how the circuit could be altered to improve overtaking and this has resulted in some minor changes as became clear from April 2010.
The Planned hairpin at turn seven will be removed, and the track at turn three will be widened to allow drivers to take different lines throughout the corner. More information was released in August 2010, revealing that there were plans to make the circuit one of the most challenging for drivers, with the circuit rising fourteen metres within the first three corners alone and a banked double-apex bend on the far side of the circuit.
The reception among drivers was overwhelmingly positive, with praise directed towards the high-speed layout and challenging corner combinations that Jenson Button described as difficult to drive in a consistently quick fashion.
- Major Events: FIA Formula One Indian Grand Prix (from 2011),
FIA GT1 World Championship Indian Round (from 2012),
FIM Superbike World Championship (from 2013),
FIM Moto GP Indian Motorcycle Grand Prix (from 2013)
Grand Prix Circuit
- Surface: Graywacke
- Length: 5.137 km (3.192 mi)
- Turns: 16
- Lap Record: 1:27.249 (Germany Sebastian Vettel, Austria Red Bull Racing, 2011, Formula One)