New York: Will the Buddh International Circuit, India’s first Formula One arena, be ready on Oct. 28, when teams descend on the venue for their first practice session? Even Bernie Ecclestone had his doubts until recently.
Manoj Gaur, chairman of the Jaypee Group, the company that built and will manage the circuit, used a now familiar line to reassure journalists at the unveiling of the track last week. “The bride is adorned with a bindi even while the baraat” or groom’s party, “is at the door. We are expecting 24 grooms,” he said.
So, it followed naturally that the final preparations, including safety measures like the rubber tires that are set up alongside the side of the track were still incomplete, with only 10 days to go before ace weekend.