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F1: Inaugural Indian Grand Prix pleases everyone
F1 made its debut in India with a bang as the Indian Grand Prix was hailed as a great success. It would be beneficial for F1 too with India being viewed as one of the most emerging markets as far as F1 is concerned.

NO ONE knew how successfully India would host its first ever F1 Grand Prix. The Indian Grand Prix received thumbs up from race drivers, F1 experts and even the Formula One Chief; Bernie Ecclestone was excited when he saw drivers zooming past at a speed of 320 km/ph in the Buddh International circuit at Greater Noida, India. The Circuit was also praised by everyone who knew about motorsport.

There were several concerns before the Indian Grand Prix had started as India was not able to offer the best services for the athletes during the Commonwealth Games 2010 held at Delhi. But F1 did the opposite by making it memorable for everyone who was part of the mega event and they were enthralled by the occasion during the weekend. Thus, India has introduced themselves in the F1 global map with a bang. The event has been a great triumph, as it had been undertaken by a Private Company, known as Jaypee Group rather than the Government.

In a country where people normally talk about politics, Cricket and Bollywood movies most of the time, they had something else to chat over a cup of tea with F1 news being broadcasted all over the news channels during the weekend. It was something, which the Indian audiences were not acquainted to, but still they followed F1 in their television screens. Some lucky ones were able to witness from the stands at Buddh International Circuit. There were more than 95,000 spectators to witness Sebastian Vettel finish the race with a chequered flag.

There may not be a major drawback about the Indian Grand Prix, but there are some problems that have to be addressed when they host it next year. Traffic leading to the circuit was a major problem; hence some ticket holders could not get to see the race from its initial stage.  Traffic moved at a snarling pace to disappointment many F1 fans. Parking issues also have to be sorted out to make it a perfect Indian Grand Prix next year. The administration must have taken note of it.

The F1 bosses have always looked for countries, which has the potential for growth. Hence, India got the nod as it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. F1, 2011 brought some economical benefits too, as it gave employment to thousands of people in India. With the coming up of F1 in India, there would be lots of motorsports fans travelling to India, which is surely going to help India’s economy too.

In the next ten years or so, if the Indian Grand Prix becomes a global success, then it has the potential to earn revenues, in excess of Rs. 90,000 crores. The F1 has a great reach as far as the sport is concerned. It is watched by 580 million viewers globally, as reported by It has its audiences spread all over the world, which even the most popular sport in India, Cricket does not.

The good news is that, F1 is increasing their fans base in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil. So F1 and India seems to be a good combination to woo Sponsors internationally too and has major chances to be one of the most sought after races in the future.

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