The Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida International Sports City in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India is a Formula One racing circuit, near Delhi. It will host the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix on October 30, 2011
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has announced the inclusion of the Indian Grand Prix for 30 October 2011.Estimated to cost about 10 billion ($215 million) to build, it is expected to be completed by June 2011. It will have a length of 5.14 km and an area of 875 acres (354ha). Seating capacity is initially expected to be 110,000 with provisions to increase it later to 200,000.
The circuit will be part of the 2,500 acres (10 km2) Jaypee Greens Sports City, which is planned to include a 100,000 seat cricket stadium, 18-hole golf course, 25,000 seat hockey stadium and a sports academy. The sports complex is expected to cost 40 billion and generate $170m of revenue annually, and employ 10,000 people.The design was forwarded to the teams to gather feedback on how the circuit could be altered to improve overtaking and this has resulted in some minor changes as became clear from April 2010. The planned hairpin at turn seven will be removed, and the track at turn three will be widened to allow drivers to take different lines throughout the corner. More information was released in August 2010, revealing that there were plans to make the circuit one of the most challenging for drivers, with the circuit rising fourteen metres within the first three corners alone and a banked double-apex bend on the far side of the circuit.
The expected lap time for a Formula One car around the 5,141m long track, is 1 minute, 27.02 seconds, at an average speed of 210.03 km/h (131 mph). At the end of the long straight between corners 3 and 4, Formula One cars are expected to reach a top speed of about 318 km/h (198 mph)
Originally known as the Jaypee Group Circuit or the Jaypee International Race Circuit after the circuit’s owners, the circuit was officially named the Buddh International Circuit in April 2011. According to Sameer Gaur, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Jaypee Sports International, the name is derived from the word Buddha, and represents peace and calm.The name is also a reference to the Gautam Budh Nagar district in which the circuit is located, itself named after the Gautam Buddha. The Buddh International circuit logo consists of a ‘B’ which also resembles a heart.