The year 2011 marked an important step in India’s recognition as an upcoming hub for major sports. We saw a new kind of euphoria descend on the Indian continent with the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix event taking place in the lush greens of Greater Noida that is still fresh in our memories. The event was significant both from a historic as well as developmental aspect as it meant India as a nation is ready to organize top tier sporting events whilst leaving a positive impression on leading sport’s governing bodies.

It is not necessary to be a racing fan to enjoy the glorious duels that you encounter on a Formula 1 GP track whether it’s on a TV or in person. The humming of the F1 engines is capable of getting anyone’s pulse racing. Even as a common person, you gawk at the admirable technology which makes these cars a cloud apart. And a car’s construction fact-file is a fascinatingly bewildering aspect of the whole process. It might just seem a lot of fun to watch, but even something as adrenaline-filled as an F1 race is no less than a game of chess. And it’s not just about the driver, but also the likes of design and construction of the car, the speedy work of pit crews as well as the varying tactics employed during the course of the race. An F1 race is dependent on understanding the small margins teams operate under and favors the one who have the ability of split second adaptability. It’s just a moment of madness or genius which can decide a race.

The 2011 feature kicked off with much fanfare at the Buddh International Circuit on October 30th with drivers enthralling the audiences in the stand with a blistering showcase of speed, maneuverability and finesse. And since it was the first F1 race on this course, the preferential and favoring talk went out the window as no one could even remotely speculate what the outcome might be. And even though there wasn’t much of the little battles one might have expected, the inevitable conclusion didn’t disappoint one bit. Sebastian Vettel led the proceedings all afternoon and put on a driving master class to pip all the competition to the chequered flag. The German would have expected a bit of a tough run with the likes of Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher in the fray, but it was Mclaren’s Jenson Button who came the closest finishing 8 seconds behind the Red Bull driver.

The 2012 event which kicks off tomorrow is expected to draw audiences on a much larger scale with the weather conditions looking much more favorable than last year. One more praiseworthy aspect of the race is the work behind the Buddh International Circuit which hasn’t gone unappraised. The circuit has been showered with many accolades of being the “Best Motorsport Facility of 2011” by various media outlets. I might be going a bit political here, but it was the much-publicized ill reign of Mayawati’s BSP government that oversaw the development of the Buddh International Circuit by the Jaypee Sports Group in Greater Noida and for that we should be thankful. Unfortunately for the new rule is finding it hard to live up to the achievements of their predecessor at the moment.

Another important benefactor of the F1 coverage is the HD TV broadcast it will receive. Audiences in UK might be in for a bigger treat if networks like BBC and ITV decide to showcase the event in 3D. I am still trying to procure an upper tier ticket in the Main Grand Stand but the cost is proving to be a thorn, hopefully it will work out in the coming day or two. If not, I always have the option of watching it on ESPN HD here and convert to see how F1 in 3D would look on my LM6700 Cinema 3D TV!

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