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Indian GP: Preview - Williams

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24/10/2011

The teams have received basic data about the 5.137km Buddh International Race Circuit, such as the corner radii and the length of the straights, but we'll have to wait until we get there to get a clear picture of the venue, located just south of India's capital city New Delhi.

The organisers and track designer Hermann Tilke have been diligent in their approach to the layout, even running ideas pass the teams to ensure the best possible outcome. More than four million cubic tonnes of soil have been moved to create undulations; the track rises 14 metres between Turns 1 and 3 alone, so the drivers are set for a rollercoaster ride.

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: The whole team is looking forward to heading out to the Buddh International Circuit for the first time this week. The simulations of the new track indicate a high downforce and medium braking severity track, which should also be reasonably hard on the tyres. Despite our preparations there are still a few uncertainties, such as what the actual tyre grip will be and how the track will evolve throughout the weekend. We should see over a one second lap time delta between the two tyre choices for this race, namely the soft and hard tyres, with the soft being quicker. We are also expecting dry weather throughout the weekend, with ambient temperatures in the mid-20s to low 30s and track temperatures up in the low 40s.

Rubens Barrichello: I have never been to India and as the circuit is new I have been preparing by playing my home simulator to get to know the track. I am very much looking forward to this race as it will be different to other weekends in terms of culture. I have always wanted to go to India, so this is a great opportunity for me to get to know the country as well as do what I love at the same time: drive a Formula One car.

Pastor Maldonado: I think India will be really interesting for everyone. I haven't been before so I can't wait to get there. Going somewhere new and experiencing new things is always exciting. That's one of the great benefits of Formula One - it takes you to places you may never have visited before! The circuit itself looks good and it will be new for all the drivers. For once we will all be starting from scratch! I was at the factory last week working with my engineers in the simulator so I feel as ready as I can be.

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