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Tilke: I was worried India wouldn't be ready

Hermann Tilke says he was worried that the new home of the Indian Grand Prix wouldn't be ready in time for the first race
Circuit designer Hermann Tilke has admitted that he was worried that the new Buddh International Circuit wouldn't be ready in time for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

Although a little rough around the edges, the venue was just ready in time for the race weekend, with drivers being almost unanimous in their praise for the design of the circuit – which proved to be noticeably more popular than previous Tilke designs, even if the action failed to live up somewhat to expectations.

However, speaking to the Times of India, Tilke admitted that he was worried the circuit wouldn't have been ready to welcome F1 for the first time.

"You had to be afraid of course as the last asphalt layer was done later than usual," he said. "But everything worked out fine and the show was the best possible. We started the design four years ago. But construction only started two years ago."

The F1 architect added that the construction of the circuit had taken longer than normal because of the need to move tonnes of earth in order to create the elevation changes that were one of the bit talking points amongst people in the paddock.

"When we saw the land four years ago for the first time, it was a flat land and we asked our client, Jaypee group, to move some soil and some earth to get the land hilly so that we could design a track with a special character,” he said. “Thankfully, they accepted to do it and agreed. We were able to move about four million cubic meters of soil. We wanted to make it very interesting, which the drivers would like very much.

"We had to bring in the earth to make elevations. It was not logistically difficult but, more a challenge in terms of time. In the end, we were running out of time and then it became a big challenge. But high technology and quality was there... so the difficulties were mastered by Jaypee group."

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Caroline - Unregistered

November 02, 2011 8:02 PM

Highest UK qualifying figures of the year, and second most watched race of the year so far. If Sky Germany's race figures are a future reflection of Sky UK's race figures, more people watched Free Practice 3 on the BBC than will watch the race live on Sky UK.

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