Published On: Tue, Oct 30th, 2012

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The Japanese Grand Prix is traditionally one of the last, if not the last race of the season and has been a venue where Formula 1 championship titles are decided, make-or-beak races with 13 World Champions being crowned over the 27 World Championship Japanese Grands Prix that have been hosted.  e  rst two Japanese Grands Prix in 1976 and 1977 were held at the Fuji Speedway, before Japan was taken o the calendar. In 1977 a collision between Gilles Villeneuve and Ronnie Peterson during the race saw Villeneuve’s Ferrari somersault into a restricted area, killing two spectators.  e race did not reappear on the Formula One calendar for another decade. It returned in 1987 at Suzuka, which hosted the Grand Prix exclusively for 20 years and gained a reputation as one of the most challenging F1 circuits. In 2007 the Grand Prix moved back to the newly redesigned Fuji Speedway. After a second race at Fuji in 2008, the race returned to Suzuka in 2009. But the track Suzuka will always be remembered for the legendary feud between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna and their driving tactics to keep each other from winning the title.

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The Korean Grand Prix, held in Yeongam, South Korea is very new to hosting Formula One races, and has only had two races before this. After months of speculation, on 2 October, 2006 it was con rmed that the event would actually take place in 2010, and would be hosted by the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam.  e South Korean GP was not included on any of the provisional 2010 calendars  oated by Formula One Management, but following approval of funding for the event, Korea was given the date of October 17 for its  rst GP event by the FIA. After several postponements, the FIA scheduled a  nal inspection of the circuit just 13 days before the GP was going to take place. After the FIA inspection, Race Director Charlie Whiting declared that the race would go ahead to the relief of Korean race organisers.  e track had many niggles, including plans to host a night-time event, but F1 o cials stated they were not experienced or seasoned enough to pull it off .

The  1st Indian Grand Prix was held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on October 30, 2011 as the 17th race of the 2011 Formula One season. Plans to conduct an F1 race in India go as far back as 1997, when Indian GP was contested by Kolkota. But even in 2003, India had only two permanent raceways, one in Chennai and the Kari Memorial Speedway in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Several major cities contested for a chance to host the Indian GP, including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Gurgaon. In October 2008, the Renault F1 team showcased their car on a tour across these sites that were previously linked to an F1 circuit in India, except Mumbai. In November 2008 they also performed a street demonstration on Rajpath at the India Gate end, New Delhi. On 11 October 2009, the Red Bull F1team gave a demonstration in Mumbai. David Coulthard drove the Red Bull F1 car across Mumbai’s Bandra Worli Sealink. Eventually, after negotiations between Bernie Ecclestone and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), it was announced that the 2010 on the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.

The Buddh International circuit has been designed as one of the fastest, most exciting motor racing circuits in the world, and is well suited to the requirements of powerful, high-spec racing of cars and motorcycles. After successfully hosting the inaugural F1 Indian Grand Prix on October 30, 2011, BIC will soon host some of the most challenging motorsport events on the planet. 

The 5.14 km track has a combination of 16 corners, high-speed straights and dramatic changes in elevation that has been designed to provide ample opportunities for overtaking, which is what makes motor racing exciting. At the same time, in terms of adherence to safety norms and regulations, run-o areas, medical facilities, facilities for the media and overall infrastructure, BIC is among the best in the world.

BIC has been designed by worldrenowned German architect and race track designer Herman Tilke, who has also designed other world-class race circuits in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Turkey, Indonesia, the UAE, South Africa, South Korea and the US.

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