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Buddh International Circuit one of my favourites: Pastor Maldonado
Williams' Formula 1 driver PastorMaldonado said the BuddhInternational Circuit (BIC) is one of his favourites in the calendar.
“India is enjoyable because it’s so different and the track is one of my favourites. It’s still a new track but it has a good combination of medium and high-speed corners, chicanes and good changes in direction," saidMaldonado of Venezuela was quoted as saying on the Formula 1 web site.
"Coming to the final few races, making the most of our cars potential is going to be important. So hopefully, we can score points here and put ourselves in a strong position for the final three races.”
Maldonado's team mate Bruno Senna also likes the circuit in GreaterNoida, which he feels is very smooth and fast.
“I’m looking forward to this weekend because India has a different atmosphere to many other Grands Prix and it’s always a unique place to visit.
"As a new track the surface is very smooth and the layout is fast and flows well with some high speed corners which will suit our car. We should therefore be looking to improve on our performance in Korea,” said Senna, who finished 12th in the Indian Grand Prix last year.
‘Buddh circuit is smooth’
Marussia driver Timo Glock is from Germany, Michael Schumacher country. A privilege for any aspiring race driver from that part of the world, the link with a F1 legend also carries with it a sense of responsibility.
For the 30-year-old from Lindenfels, in Mumbai for a stopover en route to the Airtel Indian GP at Buddh International Circuit, the name is special. Glock said: “Schumacher was the guy who got the ball rolling for motorsports in Germany. From that moment, there has been a lot of support for young drivers and that is the reason why we have so many Germans in F1 at the moment.
ON THE RIGHT PATH
The German is quite happy with Marussia’s partnership with McLaren.
“The partnership helped us get into wind tunnel and work. Things are in place this time and we are on the right path towards climbing up the ladder,” he said. The Indian GP is happening at an opportune time for him. “I never went to a circuit that was so smooth, so fluid. It has unique turns, very different to other surfaces. It’s good from the F1 point of view as there are possibilities of overtaking,” he said, at a presentation organised by QNET, Marussia’s sponsor and official direct selling partner.
Marussia, which uses Cosworth engines, is reportedly in the process of buying KERS from Williams next year.