2011 Indian Grand Prix discussion

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This area is for people who are attending or planning to attend the 2011 Indian Grand Prix at Jaypee Greens Sports City.

Use the comments below to share your thoughts on the race, where on the track you intend to watch from, how you’ll get to the track and more.

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53 comments on 2011 Indian Grand Prix discussion

  1. Dennis said on 12th December 2010, 7:40

    Karun Chandok has posted his pics of the race track on Facebook

    Please see the link below

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=46545&id=133097350034411

  2. I just hope that they finish the track on time.. just hope that it doesnt become another commonwealth fiasco….

    Just want F1 to come to India..

  3. Indian F1 is already a Big Hit ! Pity Karun is not part of the driver line up..Knew and watched his papa race on the Sholavaram track -yesteryears and Karun is an Ace if given the right car and co…Like de CWG ,Indian F1 is set to blaze…and folks India delivers in time,that very unique and special..In any sport/arena winning by a whisker is a ‘Thriller” MJ wud agree if he were alive ! Mark -Hard core F1 Fan

    • Burnout said on 16th February 2011, 11:33

      Please don’t compare this to the Commonwealth Games. The last thing we want is another fiasco with poor planning, shoddy craftsmanship and going hundreds of millions of rupees over its budget.

  4. speed046 (@speed046) said on 1st March 2011, 18:02

    Some new pictures of circuit’s progress here
    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=708714&page=28

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th March 2011, 11:42

    This from Vicky Chandhok on Twitter today:

    “[Indian Grand Prix] tickets will go on sale middle of April. There are NO agents accredited yet.”

  6. anurag gupta said on 11th April 2011, 17:37

    what would be the cost of a economic class ticket in the race????

  7. michaela light said on 30th April 2011, 1:27

    the new track is now called buddh international circuit and i cant wait to see it!!!!

  8. suzi said on 15th May 2011, 19:45

    Any more pics please and when are the tickets going on sale – any news most welcome – desperate to get my ticets and be there for this amazing event.

    • michaela light said on 21st May 2011, 16:21

      i think ticket are on sale but i hear race might be december now if bahrain host race

  9. drmikki said on 22nd June 2011, 10:19

    Is anyone a solo traveller heading over for the Indian race? I will be there, but looking for company and someone to share transport costs with (since it looks like it will be a cab to and from the circuit…)

    And tickets aren’t on sale yet but the preliminary costs looked reasonable by F1 standards (although still priced out of reach of the majority of the Indian population) – quoted as between 3000-50000 INR.

    • TBWG (@tbwg) said on 25th July 2011, 20:59

      Hi drmikki

      In all probability I will be going and commuting from Noida daily so could be interested in sharing taxi to and from curcuit. However I have read somewhere that the organisers will be laying on free transportaion from some Metro stations to circuit as happens at other GP’s

      TBWG

      • drmikki said on 29th July 2011, 10:41

        TBWG,

        I booked accomodation at Maya’s Nest Hostel (via hostelworld.com) – it’s a bit out of the city centre, but since the track is miles away from the city centre I didn’t think that would make much difference, since I will be spending most of my time at the track. It’s very cheap and good reviews.

        I just wish tickets would come on sale… it’s making me very nervous! If it doesn’t go ahead, I think I’ll head to either Darjeeling or Chennai, but if Air Asia are promoting a competition that’s (hopefully) a sign all will proceed as planned!

        • TBWG (@tbwg) said on 29th July 2011, 21:06

          Hi drmikki

          Well I have finally booked flight and accomodation ~~ quite frankly I think there is no way this event will not happen. They are far ahead of the situation that Korea was in at the same time. OK maybe it will not be 100% but it will happen, a private company does not spend that amount of money without expecting a return!

          Anyway I am staying in Noida so if you want to meet up let me know. Maybe there will be an F1 fanatic meeting?

          TBWG

  10. TBWG (@tbwg) said on 25th July 2011, 21:07

    Just remembered ~~~

    Air Asia emailed me today plugging flights to Dehli for the GP and also having a draw for 50 entrance tickets.

    So Tony Fernandes is obviously convinced it is going to happen and he must be in the know!

    Anyone booked hotel accomodation yet?

    TBWG

  11. speed046 (@speed046) said on 20th August 2011, 9:57

    links posted by Karun Chandhok on twitter

    http://www.jaypeesports.com/tickets

    http://www.bookmyshow.com

    • drmikki said on 20th August 2011, 11:41

      Thanks for the prompt info, Speed046 – trying to buy now but the “pick up at circuit” button disappears when I try to buy, booooo!

  12. TBWG (@tbwg) said on 20th August 2011, 15:20

    What stands have people booked ? I quite like Premium Stand South and will wait and buy via official F1 website.

    Assuming Bernie has not ramped up the prices!

    TBWG

  13. Hey TBWG..booked silver stand 3 at turn 4…half of the blocks are already sold out here..and jut a few rows available in the rest…the main Grandstand on the start finish straight’s also 95% sold!! Looks like most of the good stands would be completely sold out in the next few days, so waiting would be a gamble!! The promoters are expecting to close out the sales in 10 days..

  14. Meant Star Stand 3…

    • Hi Sam

      How did you find out tickets are selling out? According to official site availabilty in all stands!

      I still intend to book via official F1 site if it goes live tomorrow! But would like to know how you found out what was sold out ~~~ in case I need to PANIC!!!

      Will they post tkts to you or do you have to pick up at the circuit?

      Thanks TBWG (David)

  15. Hey TBWG

    We’ve been booking through bookmyshow:

    http://in.bookmyshow.com/sport/airtel-grand-prix-fone/tickets/

    Check out the center blocks of the Main Grandstand, and some blocks of turn 4 to see what I mean..All stands are available, but some interesting blocks are gone..Also, some of the officials have been quite bullish in interviews over the past couple of days here..

    Don’t think you need to totally panic today though. If you know that the tickets would be available on formula1.com tomorrow, you could wait. See the link above to get a sense, depending on the grandstand you’re shortlisting. But if they take 4-5 days to go live, then would suggest keeping an eye on the booking link above to ensure you don’t get boxed out..these are the official ticketing partners and the website is pretty big in India.

    Both home delivery and venue pickups are possible.

    hope this helps

    cheers!

  16. TBWG (@tbwg) said on 21st August 2011, 17:24

    Thanks Sam

    Well I decided to bite the bullet and booked a Premium Stand south.

    However when I tried to do this on the official site you mention, it would not accept my credit card! As the delivery address I require is not the billing address, and nowhere could I find a collect there option.

    So I have now booked through a Europe based outfit F1GPT and all is well. However the downside is that I have not been able to book the 3 day transit bus as yet, but I will sort that when I get there.

    They are a bit naughty charging you for it as in Oz & China all GP transport is free!

    Anyway now can’t wait!!!

    TBWG

  17. Hey David

    That’s awesome!!

    Been repeatedly searching for updates on the tracks too..it’s gonna be a long 2 months!

    Have read that due to the elevation, you can see a large part of the track from that stand..

    cheers

  18. http://www.aaformula1.com/2011/08/f1-india-latest-construction-pictures.html

    The latest pictures from track. not sure when they were taken though. It seems still lot to do. Hopefully it will be fully done by then at least wrt seating, pits & track.

  19. Guys, looking for paddock club tix for indian gp. Any idea where to get the best deal? Appreciate any help.

    • TBWG (@tbwg) said on 23rd August 2011, 15:56

      Hi NP

      In all the research I have done re tickets I have not come across any ref to Paddock Club tickets. Maybe when the Official F1 website finally puts the Indian tickets on sale maybe they might have that option. Sorry can’t be of more help!

      TBWG

    • drmikki said on 23rd August 2011, 16:24

      My understanding is that there is fairly standard pricing for the Paddock Club – no ‘cheap deals’- and the official source is the best. http://www.formulaonepaddockclub.com The India packages have been on sale for a good while. Long before the grandstands went on sale, they were selling Paddock club tickets – possibly good that a Bernie-business has a vested interest in the race going ahead!!

      You are looking at US$4200 for the 2 day pass for most of the flyaway races. Unless someone else is paying, I’m not sure it’s worth it… That said, I’ve never been in Paddock Club so maybe it’s worthwhile; I’d rather not know what I am missing out on ;-P