Organisers of next year’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix have announced they are taking input from the teams in designing the new circuit, with the aim of making it one of the most challenging and interesting tracks on the calendar.
Hermann Tilke – the architect behind several new circuits including Turkey and Abu Dhabi – crafted the initial design for the Jaypee Group Circuit.
According to Mark Hughes, vice president of JPSK Sports:
We have shared the design with some of the Formula One teams to put it into their simulators, and they have come back with some recommendations on how to modify it to make it a little more exciting.
I have been lucky to have worked in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi before, so I have a good relationship with the teams myself. I was able to go to some of them and ask them if they are able to give their input and the feedback has been invaluable.
Construction has already begun and the organisers say that they have moved four million cubic tons of earth to give the circuit plenty of undulation, with a 14 metre rise between turns one and three alone.
Inspiration is said to have been taken from Turkey’s turn eight, with a double-apex corner, slightly banked, forming part of a ‘mini-arena’ with room for 13,000 spectators.
“I think the drivers are going to find it a good challenge,” added Hughes. “The track is quite unique, and hopefully the drivers and teams will not complain as they have given their own input. I don’t think that as a promoter and venue owner this has been done before.”
Hughes predicts the track will be ready for FIA homologation in July next year, with the race organisers anticipating a late-season slot on the 2011 calendar.