Preview to the Indian Grand Prix

Buddh International Circuit, India, 28-30 October 2011

“We are all incredibly excited to be heading to New Delhi for the first Indian Grand Prix. We always welcome a new addition to the calendar, taking Formula One into exciting new territories and broadening its reach and accessibility. The fans there have some great racing to look forward to.”

says John Booth, Marussia Virgin Racing’s Team Principal and Director of Racing.

“I think we have a very interesting weekend ahead of us and I’m sure India is going to present some surprises that even the best preparation cannot cater for. It’s the first time here for everyone and a level playing field is always most welcome. The track is provides an undulating lap with a combination of slow turns and high-speed straights, with many elevation changes that will make it a real challenge for the drivers. We can’t wait to experience it for ourselves during the first Free Practice session on Friday, but from our data and simulations the circuit looks quite interesting.

“The season is coming to an end very quickly - it’s unbelievable how the time has flown by! Reliability has been our watchword this season, so we hope to continue like this until the end of the season and aim for a positive result at the first ever Indian Grand Prix.”

“I always enjoy the challenge of a new circuit and this is certainly true of India, which promises to be a very exciting racing and cultural experience - a real journey into the unknown.”

says Timo Glock, Race Driver #24.

“A new race is always a big challenge for the whole team but at the same time it’s always very exciting to get to know a new country and drive at a new track. There are always some big unknowns but this time it’s the same for everyone, so what we have to do is focus hard on finding the right set-up for the weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to discovering this new circuit - it looks like an exciting one, as it will have one of the highest average speeds in Formula One and there are a couple of challenging corners and good overtaking opportunities.

“We are getting to the end of the season we continue to push to get the most out of the car and to take forward valuable lessons and information for next year.”

“As a rookie this year I have had to compete at tracks that other drivers already knew very well, but this time we all arrive in India with none of us having driven here yet, so it will equal things a bit for me.”

says Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Race Driver #25.

“This is going to be my first time in India and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a very different cultural experience which I’ve always wanted to sample, so I’m really excited about the race weekend ahead.

“What is also good about this is that the track is going to be a new one for everyone - it will equal things a bit. I have also had time to see the new layout and it looks really exciting! I hope to get to grips with the track quickly and, as always, I will aim for a positive result for myself and the team here in India.”

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