Photos of a very half-finished Indian Grand Prix construction site will start ringing alarm bells in the Formula 1 fraternity, just one month out from New Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit hosting its inaugural race.
Despite repeated claims from venue officials that the construction work is on, if not well ahead of, schedule, photos published in Spain’s Marca newspaper would indicate this is certainly not the case.
The pictures have been supplied – and apparently snapped just days ago – by a local F1 fan, Parth Doshi, with the images giving the publication cause to draw parallels between it and last year’s farcical build-up to the Korean Grand Prix.
“The circuit is not only not complete but very far from it,” the report reads.
Pictures show mounds of dirt in the pit lane (which has not been full asphalted), unfinished main grandstands, and several buildings, paddock facilities and track verges that appear far from finished.
Far from finished (top left, clockwise): The start/finish straight has not been fully asphalted, track verges are unfinished, and the main grandstand is missing seats and sections of its roof; the pit entry is in a marginally better state than the pit exit (top banner); the F1 paddock bares similar resemblance to the infield paddock…
This is despite the FIA’s Charlie Whiting recently visiting the Delhi venue earlier this month, expressing “confidence that the inaugural Indian grand prix will be a huge success.”
So what exactly is the true picture here?
Let’s not forget that the build-up to recent major events in the country – for example, the Commonwealth Games and cricket’s World Cup – were beset by construction delays and monumental disorganisation on the ground.
We’d certainly welcome comments from our Indian readers as to what the actual situation is on the ground…
[Images via Marca]