Vicky Chandhok will be undergoing mixed feelings right now. The track consultant of the Buddh International Circuit will unfortunately have to see his son Kunal Chandhok miss out on the inaugural Indian GP, after Lotus Racing decided against giving their reserve driver the opportunity to race this weekend. But, Vicky will be a happy man nevertheless, given his dream project, the BIC, is ready to showcase the weekend's magnum opus.
Vicky spoke about the long and curvy track in a short and straight chat with MiD DAY. Excerpts
Could you describe your association with the Buddh International Circuit experience?
As a consultant for the Jaypee Group, the people behind the project, I've been helping and advising them in whatever way I can over the last year or so. I've been visiting the site pretty much every week to see how things are going. The team of engineers and workers have worked tirelessly round the clock to make this happen and we're happy with what we have achieved.
The BIC has some distinctive features like an ascent and a good straight. Tell us about that.
The circuit may well be one of the quickest this season, and the ascent and elevation changes together with the long straights only paving the way for good overtaking. I'm really impressed with the layout for the Indian GP. There are 2-3 corners that should provide plenty of overtaking. It's certainly going to be a good test of skill for the drivers and teams but more than anything, it's going to be a mind-blowing experience for the Indian fans to catch a glimpse of this amazing machinery in our own backyard.
What are your expectations from the inaugural Indian GP?
There has been huge interest in F1 in India for many years. Last year's Monaco GP was watched by 27million people in India � that's more than the combined TV figures for the UK, France, Germany and Italy all put together. If only 0.5 per cent of that audience comes to the Indian GP, that will give us a crowd of 150,000.