Kamui Kobayashi's biggest concern heading to India for the first time seems to be connected with the food - and with making sure he doesn't get sick before he even gets to head out on track.

"Everybody is telling us to be careful with the food," he said. "In a way I'm a bit worried about my stomach. But at the same time butter chicken curry is my favourite food and I would love to have it where it comes from!" he added.

"I hope there will be huge interest from the [local] people, as this is always a crucial question for debut races, and excited fans do create a good atmosphere."

"I think the first Indian Grand Prix will be a very exciting event," responded Kobayashi's team mate Sergio Perez. "I have some Indian friends and they keep telling me how emotional everybody is there about it."

India is also home to Sauber's CEO Monisha Kaltenborn, and the team has a new backer on board from next weekend in the form of Amul, Asia's largest milk brand.

After having faced the challenge of multiple new circuits to learn in 2011, Perez is delighted that F1 is heading to a brand new circuit that will be unknown to everyone in the paddock.

"I am looking forward to this new track in India. It is another unknown circuit for me, but this time it will be new for everybody, so it won't only be me who has to start from zero," he said, adding that he will be trying out the Buddh International Circuit in the Ferrari simulator before heading out to India.

"Obviously I don't know the track yet," agreed Kobayashi. "Maybe I will walk it, although generally I don't regard track walking as being really very useful - the speed you have when you are on the circuit with the F1 car is so different it changes everything," he explained.

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