A Buddh Circuit primer: seats, souvenirs, transport
Sep 12 2013
The F1 drivers, being the best in the world, may not crash but spins and engine stalling do happen here. In the support races, the drivers can end up losing control on these turns. The stand is shaded and there is a TV screen to see action from elsewhere on the track. The season ticket costs Rs 10,000 while only the Race Day ticket is Rs 7,500.
If you want to spend less, opt for the Natural Stand South. This is a grassy bank facing the double chicane and you get to see the cars close up because you can stand next to the fence. They slow down to negotiate the turns, sometimes cut a corner, get stuck in gravel, spin or stall. You get to see all this, especially when a car stalls and the driver gets out and is taken back to the pits, riding pillion on a boundary rider’s scooter! Buy these tickets later; last year, prices came down just before the race.
To see the start/finish, the pit action, the cars screaming down the main straight and using DRS to overtake, and the podium ceremony, choose the Main Grandstand. Race Day tickets are Rs 10,000 for Upper Tier and Rs 12,000 for Lower Tier (recommended any day). But nothing like seeing all three days of action, so do opt for the season tickets — Rs 15,000 and Rs 21,000, respectively.
Buying team merchandise is one of the joys of attending an F1 race. People in India think the items are high-priced but that is because they are comparing tags with local rates. If you go by international rates, the prices are pretty standard, especially considering it’s F1. Adult T-shirts are about Rs 4,500 onwards. However, remember that it is possible to bargain. Do not be shy about it. At the 2012 GP, one team stall was selling a kid’s tee at the same price as an adult tee. When a customer was incredulous, the price did come down.
There will be mobile ATMs near the stalls. But draw small amounts. Last year, some machines took very long to give out amounts over Rs 10,000.
As for transport, it is best to use the bus service provided by the BIC authorities. The bus will take you from the Noida City Centre Metro station to the track in the morning and drop you back in the evening. You can pay for it when buying your ticket.