While some drivers had concerns about the amount of dust and dirt on the surface before Friday’s 1st practice session, they were stimulated about the good overtaking opportunities and fascinating undulating design.
The track was designed by Hermann Tilke, who is responsible for most of the latest tracks added to the F1 calendar. It features wide entrances to corners, which will allow drivers to choose alternative racing lines, aiding overtaking.
“It is a new sort of philosophy with this overtaking, with getting the circuits very wide at the entry,” Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher said.
“It offers a good tactical perspective for overtaking, for having a good show, and hopefully make the Indian fans enjoy Formula One after this weekend,” he added.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso said that the Buddh circuit was similar to some of Tilke’s other tracks, with a long straight followed by a twisty middle section, but welcomed the use of a more flowing final sector.
F1 officials have confirmed there will be two DRS zones on the circuit rather than the standard one. The DRS or Drag Reduction System zones allow drivers to open the rear wings on their cars to catch up to the cars they are pursuing.