The most awaited event of the year is soon approaching. The Indian Grand Prix will commence on the 25th of October and last till the 27th of October. This year will see the 3rd successful year of Formula one racing championship in India. The event although scheduled for October, the tickets are already on sale. The organizer of F1 in India, Jaypee Sports International, are offering more tickets and pricing options this time. The organizers said that they have started with the sale of tickets this early in order to bring more people to the stands for this season. The race track will be the Buddh International Circuit.
Buddh International Circuit is located in Greater Noida and New Delhi. The race track was homologated for the F1 championship in September 2011 and the first ever F1 championship in India was held in October 2011. This was the 17th race for the 2011 F1 race championship. The circuit was built by Hermann Tilke, famous German race track designer and architect. It has a total length of 5.14 km. The track has 16 corners where the racing cars lap at the highest speed of 210 km/hour. The first racer to win on this track was Sebestian Vettel.
The Buddh International Circuit was tagged as the “Motorsport Facility of the Year” at the event of Professional Motorsport World Expo 2011 held in Germany. The chairman of JPSI, Manoj Gaur, said on this occasion that “This is a very proud moment for us and it feels great to be acknowledged for the hard work that made the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at BIC a resounding success. I would like to congratulate my team and dedicate this award to every member who worked tirelessly in making BIC a world class racing facility.”
A member of the jury said that “Over the last 10 years we have seen many new F1 circuits created around the world, most of these to an excellent standard as far as the overall facility is concerned but lacking imagination when it comes to the actual circuit design. Buddh International Circuit has gone the other way and created an excellent circuit layout, which the drivers, engineers and spectators love. With adequate facilities to put on a great event, it will mature into one of the best.”
JPSI is trying to pull in more people this time. The last year’s Grand Prix saw only 60,000 spectators which was very less as compared to the 95,000 spectators who arrived to see the first edition in 2011. So for this year the prices have been revised and the grand stand gets optional pricing as well.
The most expensive tickets will be for the seats which are close to the starting and ending points of the race. These seats will cost you Rs 21,000 for 3 days and Rs 12,000 for the Sunday event. Moving towards to seats in the upper tier which has a total capacity of 20,000 spectators will cost you Rs 15000 for 3 days and Rs 10,000 for the Sunday event.
The following is the complete list of tickets and their prices
MGS lower tier – Rs.21,000 for a 3 day ticket; Rs.12,000 for a Sunday ticket
MGS upper tier – Rs.15,000 for a 3 day ticket; Rs.10,000 for a Sunday ticket
Premium stand – Rs.10,000 for a 3 day ticket; Rs.7,500 for a Sunday ticket
Star stand – Rs.7,500 for a 3 day ticket; Rs.5,000 for a Sunday ticket
Natural/Picnic stand – Rs.2,000 for a 3 day ticket; Rs.1,500 for a Sunday ticket.
Sameer Gaur, JPSI chief executive said that “Formula 1 lovers now have every reason to cheer as single day race tickets have been launched together with the season tickets in order to draw more number of spectators for race day. With one of the cheapest tickets available on the F1 calendar, we hope to put up another memorable racing weekend at BIC in October.”
The tickets can be purchased online from the website www.bookmyshow.com. Tickets are also available at the Mercedes Benz dealerships located in Noida, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
Unfortunately we will not see the Indian Grand Prix in the next year. India has been dropped from the next season of F1 racing championship as a result of a drastic change in the F1 schedule for the year 2014. The organizers wish to conduct the F1 races in March 2014 in India which will certainly be not possible for JPSI after hosting the 2013 Grand Prix in October. So with 2014 dropped down, India will see the next Indian Grand Prix in 2015. Hope this reason is enough to pull the spectators this year.