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India 2012 - Race information - Everything you need to know about the Indian Grand Prix

Published by Christine

Following swiftly on from the action at the new Korean International Circuit, we're heading to the even newer Buddh International. With just one race under their belt, organisers of the Indian Grand Prix are hoping for an exciting weekend - and after two relatively downbeat races (by 2012 standards), we could also do with something to pique our interest. Both championships are still up for grabs, and there are fierce battles throughout, but can this weekend deliver?

Event schedule

It was another Red Bull dominated weekend in Korea, with Sebastian Vettel securing victory and the lead of the championship. It was another first lap catastrophe for Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg, with both McLaren and Mercedes looking for some better results this weekend after a string of difficult weekends. Things were looking up for Nico Hülkenberg and for both Toro Rosso drivers - and with a heap of young drivers starting to make news with the impending Young Driver Test, there's a lot of pressure on the midfield racers.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionGMT +0100Local
26 OctFridayFree Practice 105:3010:00
Free Practice 209:3014:00
27 OctSaturdayFree Practice 306:3011:00
28 OctSundayGrand Prix09:30 (GMT)15:00

Support racing for this event includes JK Racing Asia Series, and MRF Challenge.

The weather

The five day forecasts feature nothing but sunshine above the Buddh circuit, with temperatures sitting at the 30 degree mark. There's not much variation across the weekend, with the sun shining each and every day. The weather forecasts can't always be taken as gospel, but this looks more convincing than most!


Greater Noida, Friday


  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 39%

Sunny days


Greater Noida, Saturday


  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 44%

Sunny days


Greater Noida, Sunday


  • Low 17℃
  • Humidity 44%

Sunny days

Circuit map

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DRS Zones
DRS detection 110m before turn 15
DRS activation 136m after turn 16
DRS detection 216m before turn 3
DRS activation 2430m after turn 3

The Indian Grand Prix of 2011 was not heralded for its overtaking, and the FIA have looked into the matter, tweaking the DRS zones for this weekend's race. There are two distinct overtaking areas, with the first around the final corner and onto the home straight. The second detection zone occurs around the third turn, with activation down the extra-long straight that follows.

The second zone has been extended for 2012, with 80 metres added to try and encourage overtaking. Depending on how you count it, last year's Indian GP had about six overtaking moves, so we could definitely do with some improvement in that area.

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameBuddh International Circuit
LocationGreater Noida
TimezoneGMT +0630
First Race2011
Length5.125 km
Distance307.249 km
Start / Finish Offset0.251 km

The Buddh International Circuit was brand new last year, and so teams and drivers still won't be 100% sure what to expect when they arrive for this season's action. The track itself is a demanding one, with plenty of high-speed corners to keep concentration at a maximum. Just as the Korean circuit is abandoned during the rest of the year, Buddh International also faces a dearth of activity, so grip on the surface of the track - particularly during the early sessions - will be at a premium.

Meanwhile, in "tiny updates to the circuit" news, there's some additional kerbing and artifical grass put in at various points, whilst some guard rails have been re-aligned as well, particularly at turn 10.

The FIA have tried to herald the Indian GP as the only true clockwise circuit in the last seven races on the calendar, branding Suzuka as a figure of eight. I'd say that it's still clockwise, but even so, the drivers will need to start preparing their necks for some anti-clockwise action!

2011 Results
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:26.836Live / Results
Free Practice 2Felipe MassaFerrari1:25.706Live / Results
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:24.824Live / Results
QualifyingSebastian VettelRed Bull1:24.178Live / Results
Grand PrixSebastian VettelRed Bull1:30:35.002Live / Results
Fastest LapSebastian VettelRed Bull1:27.249

Tyre compounds

Hard and soft compounds
Hard and soft compounds

Just like last year, Pirelli have opted to bring the hard and soft compounds to India, hoping to "strike the right balance between performance and durability." The tyre compounds have changed slightly this year compared to last, of course, and motorsport director at Pirelli, Paul Hembery, believes that they are a less conservative choice.

The circuit layout is one of the toughest that our tyres will face throughout the second half of the season and it’s also the last time that we will see the hard and soft combination this year, which was previously used in Barcelona, Britain and Japan – which gives you some idea about the demands of this circuit.

- Paul Hembery

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
Thursday15:00Nico HülkenbergForce India
Narain KarthikeyanHRT
Heikki KovalainenCaterham
Kimi RäikkönenLotus
Bruno SennaWilliams
Jean-Éric VergneToro Rosso
Friday16:00Cyril AbiteboulCaterham
Éric BoullierLotus
Stefano DomenicaliFerrari
Christian HornerRed Bull
Monisha KaltenbornSauber
Martin WhitmarshMcLaren
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed last year to include a former F1 driver to give added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

F1 Stewards
Gerd EnnserMember of the DMSB's executive committee for automobile sport
Steve StringwellPermanent chairman steward for Porsche Supercup and BTTC
Alan Jones1980 Formula One World Champion

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