Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh), Oct 29 (ANI): Formula One enthusiasts got their first taste of high octane racing action at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on Friday.
Brazilian born Ferrari driver Felipe Massa recorded the fastest time on the first free practice.
For Indian fans, the Formula One experience was nothing short of an international extravaganza that they had never seen before.
Renowned Indian auto expert Tutu Dhawan was most impressed by the latest communication and lap gadgets the circuit had been equipped with. He said that no Indian was expecting that such a grand scale could be held in India, but it had surpassed all expectations.
"The sight inside is the same as in any international formula one race. The mood is so joyous, people are gathering, the officials are performing their duties. It is for the first time such a circuit has been built in India, which is equipped with the latest electronics and lap timings gadgets. The communication system through satellite is fantastic. No Indian was expecting that we would reach this stage, so I was very happy to see and also feel that even India could match the international standards of racing circuits," said Dhawan.
The day began with hundreds of racing fans throbbing to the circuit under a tight security blanket. But they were most thrilled to witness the speeding cars swirl through the circuit and corner those sharp turns with relative ease.
"It's been happening for the first time in India and it's been really awesome, nice, really nice. I really enjoyed it, especially the turns out there, it's really fast," said Tejas Singh Adi, a racing fan.
The F1 Grand Prix will commence on Sunday.
The 5.14 kilometres circuit in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh has been described as a roller-coaster ride with a one-kilometre straight, numerous sweeping corners, a series of elevation changes of up to 14 metres and a lengthy hairpin corner.
The stands are huge, with one of them claiming to be biggest of its kind in the world. (ANI)