Alighting from our bus we stand and gaze around in awe at what really is India’s most pampered stretch of road. Pampered with high grip run-off areas, cemented kerbs, safety fences, manicured landscapes, marshal posts, smooth surface and water bodies even!
It measures approximately 5 kilometers in length and about 20 meters at its broadest width. In F1 this means theoretically 4 cars can run abreast. It has 16 turns in all.
Turn 5 and Turn 16 mirror each other. Whilst Turns 6 through to Turns 15 are sections where eager Indian audiences can get a good long look at each of their helmeted heroes for a significant period of time as the cars dance their routine.
There’s a violent splash of saffron, white and green through the grandstands of the circuit reminding us every second where we are. Just in case the heavenly howling of those Scarlet cars from Maranello transport us elsewhere…
The Medical center has a helipad for emergencies. And the adjacent Paddock Club has private VIP parking. Passes to this club start at about 2Lakh INR per head for a weekend of hobnobbing with the biggies of Bollywood and chopper owners. And unlimited Champagne.
If neither interest you and you’d prefer a picnic weekend with friends on a hill side stand like in Spa, Belgium, you could. For a rather reasonable 2,500INR you could battle the elements and savor the sounds of those magnificent machines. And even shoot a few blurry memoirs.