India has gained an important place for its self on the world map and has become a significant centre of interest for the West. It is a matter of pride for the country that it is no longer associated with just poverty and agriculture, on the other hand significant achievements of India and Indians are coming to the notice of the world.
Sports are a sphere that have helped greatly helped India in leaving its imprints on the world and what is a matter of great joy is that the country is now thinking beyond cricket and taking a keen interest in other sporting events. The successful attempt at Common Wealth Games in 2010 is followed by India taking the responsibility of hosting the 2011 Airtel Grand Prix of India (Formula One tournament) at Greater Noida in New Delhi on 30th of October. The fact that India has been entrusted to host such a prestigious event speaks of the rising popularity of India.
Bernie Ecclestone is popularly called the “F1 Supremo” regarding the decision of having F1 in India said “We want to make it happen here. When the race finally happens in India, People will start to understand the sport better. That is how we have seen it happen in most developing nations. We have seen a very good response here so far.”
Force India (Sahara Force India Formula One Team Limited) is a formula one team owned by Indian business tycoon and owner of Kingfisher Airlines- Vijay Mallaya and Michiel Mol (Dutch Businessman). The Spykar F1 team was bought for 70 euros in 2007 and was later named as Force India. This was the first time when Indians took notice of F1 and the decision to have the Grand Prix in Noida in October was the next best thing to happen to the Indian admirers of the sport. Adrian Sutil was the first driver of Force India. Force India has shown a tremendous improvement over the past four years and its World Constructors Championship (WCC) points have improved with each year. From being at the tenth spot in 2006, Force India has jumped high at the 6th spot in 2011 in WCC ranking. Indian participation and interest in F1 has gained a tremendous boost due to Force India. Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta will participate in the race at Noida on behalf of the Force India.
Current Standings of Formula 1 Teams
The craze for F1 is mounting day by day. People all over India have already scheduled their journey to Greater Noida to be witnesses of a historic event. People are all kicked up about cheering their favourite teams and their favourite racers and seeing them all from so close. RBR-Renault being the number one team is generating quite a lot of buzz and has a lot of supporters in India while Micheal Schumachar still remains the favourite racer of many Indians but it is Force India owned by famous Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallaya that has maximum support from the locals. All eyes are also set on India’s Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok. The racers are equally excited to race at their home ground in front of their own people. “I am very happy and excited by the announcement. To have an Indian team on an Indian circuit will be a treat for home fans. This will also ensure participation of the automotive sector in motorsports,” Narain Karthikeyan said at the time of formal announcements about Noida being the venue for the races in 2011 Grand Prix.
F1 Race India Schedule
The F1 fever in India will be at its highest at the times of practice and qualifying races which are scheduled for 28th and 29th of October. The schedule for the races is as follows:
|Practice Race 1||28th October 2011|
|Practice Race 2||28th October 2011|
|Practice Race 3||29th October 2011|
|Qualifying Race||29th October 2011|
|Final Race||30th October 2011|
List of Top 8 Formula one Teams and their Drivers
|RBR-Renault||Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber|
|McLaren -Mercedes||Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton|
|Ferrari||Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa|
|Mercedes||Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg|
|Renault||Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld|
|Force India-Mercedes||Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta|
|Sauber-Ferrari||Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez|
|STR Ferrari||Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastian Buemi|
Formula One Records
Every sporting event in the world has several tremendous records to boast of. Some of the interesting F1 records are as follows:
|Most races by a team||Ferrari (826)|
|Maximum wins by a team||Ferrari (216)|
|Most wins in a season||Mc Laren (15 out of 16)|
|Most Consecutive Wins||Mc Laren (11 wins in the year 1988)|
|Most wins in the same grand prix||Ferrari in German Grand Prix (20 wins)|
|Most World Championship wins||Ferrari (16)|
|Most Championship Points||518 points|
|Highest percentage of wins in a season||Mc Laren (93.8%)|
|Most Consecutive Wins||Ferrari (6)|