In news just coming in, the FIA has cleared the Buddh International Circuit after a scheduled homologation that took place today under the watchful eye of Charlie Whiting. The FIA has now given the go-ahead for the inaugural Indian grand prix to be held between 28-30 October 2011. The Formula 1 Airtel Indian GP is now officially, go!
Charlie Whiting of the FIA who most of us know as the Race Director is also the Safety Delegate and heads the F1 Technical Department. Whiting was is was in India today to review and take stock of the safety measures and infrastructure at the newly built race track near Delhi. Basically, it is an inspection of the track after which the track is declared safe for racing for both drivers as well as the spectators. A safe pit-lane entry-exit etc is one such factor that the race officials look in to.
According to the guidelines set by the FIA, a new track needs to be homologated 90 days in advance but Whiting has overturned his own rule this time and instead completed the homologation 2 months prior to the first scheduled race. Track surface is one aspect that comes under scrutiny and so are the permanent features. FIA has chalked out a certain set of rules for race tracks over the world including special hospitality areas which every Formula 1 venue has to adhere to.
Then, there are other issues like ample parking spaces for both the spectators who will travel down to the race track for the event and for the team trailers which will be parked at the venue through out the race weekend. Although, the ticket sale for the inaugural Indian GP have already begun, the track homologation was very crucial as failing to pass this critical scrutiny could’ve lead to the cancellation of the event. However, nothing to fear about as the race will now be held as per plan now that the FIA has formally given the go-ahead. So, lets go racing boys!