The Formula 1 teams and journalists are experiencing some rather expected disorganisation as the finishing touches are being applied to the Buddh International Circuit ahead of this weekend’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix, with today’s media events already frustrated by three separate power blackouts.
Circuit officials are set to perform a complete shutdown and power-up at 4pm local time in the hope of curing the problem.
Further power failures – particularly if they occur during scheduled live broadcasts – will cause significant embarrassment for local organisers, although (in fairness) circuits such as Fuji Speedway and Yas Marina have not been immune from these sort of issues in the past.
“The electric (sic) keeps going on and off, the painters are still in and taxi drivers can’t find the track. But everyone’s smiling and helpful!” Toro Rosso’s Twitter feed reads.
There was also a report of a bat flying around the media centre!
Ironically, these very power outages are happening during the country’s Diwali religious celebrations, which is the world-famous festival of light.
A clearly non-too-happy Brundle snapped this photo (right) with his camera phone.
“Our commentary cell in India,” he wrote on his Twitter feed. “No window, nowhere near track. Apologies in advance we cannot do our job properly in here.”
That’s assuming no silly bugger trips over the power cord during your broadcasts…
[Images via Martin Brundle and Sutton Images]