NEW DELHI, April 25, 2011 (AFP) - Organisers of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on Monday promised a glitch-free event and said the track was ready to host its first-ever Formula One race on October 30.
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India is due to hold the race at a new $350 million, 5.14-kilometre (3.2-mile) circuit designed by German architect Hermann Tilke in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.
The circuit is part of an ambitious sports complex being built by the Jaypee group that will include an international-standard cricket stadium. "Our and our country's reputation is on (the) line. We are responsible people and we will deliver a successful race," Manoj Gaur, executive chairman of the Jaypee group, told reporters.
"The track is ready and the homologation (approval by F1 officials) of the facility will be done in July as per the timetable of the FIA (international body)."
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone inspected the circuit site in October last year and dismissed concerns that preparations for the race could mirror the chaotic build-up to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
Formula One has been followed closely in cricket-crazy India since local driver Narain Karthikeyan raced for the now defunct Jordan team in 2005. Karthikeyan returned to the circuit this year following a deal with the Spanish Hispania racing team.
Another Indian, Karun Chandhok, drove last year for Hispania, which finished 11th out of 12 in its inaugural year.
Samir Gaur, managing director of Jaypee Group, said tickets for the Indian GP would be launched in June.
"We can't disclose the pricing but it would be moderate. It is in the final stages and it will start from 2,500 rupees ($56)," he said.
In a another note The Jaypee Sports International group announced a new name for the circuit and revealed its logo. The Indian F1 Cirucit will be named "Buddh International Circuit".
BIC: Philosophy behind the name and the logoThe name ‘Buddh International Circuit’ has been chosen with reference to the area where the racetrack is situated – Gautam Budh Nagar district (near Greater Noida). Because of its location, naming the circuit ‘Buddh International Circuit’ was a logical choice for the company.
The BIC logo is a stylized ‘B,’ the letter that stands for ‘Buddh’ and for ‘Bharat.’ The orange, green and white colours used in the logo are representative of the Indian flag, while the curves in the stylized ‘B’ in the logo represent the lines of a racetrack