Sebastian Vettel expects the new Buddh International Circuit to be the second-fastest track on the F1 calendar after Monza.
The Red Bull driver said: “We’re expecting the track to have the second highest average speed of the season after Monza. That means that we’ll be completing a lap at an average speed of 235kph, so there should be plenty of good opportunities to overtake.”
F1 cars lap Monza at an average speed of around 250kph (155mph), making it by far the fastest circuit on the calendar.
Vettel said the circuit also has a lot of elevation change: “The altitude difference is extreme, rather like in Spa or Turkey, which will give the driving an additional element.”
He added: “I’m really looking forward to India; I always do when we drive on a new track.”
Team mate Mark Webber said: “We have completed some good simulator work, but in terms of the kerbs and other subtle final details, these will obviously come into place right at the end, so I’d say we have an 85% understanding of what the track is going to be like.”
Webber describes a lap of the track in this video from Red Bull
2011 Indian Grand Prix
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