Today the much awaited Indian Grand Prix 2012 takes place at the Gautam Buddha circuit for the second year in a row. The Indian shooter Gagan Narang who bagged bronze medal at the Olympics has decided to flag off the event. Mainly because of the efforts of Narain Karthikeyan, Karan Chandok, Dr. Vijay Mallya and his team that India has found its place in this racing magnanimity.
After the Shanghai grand prix in 2004, it was quite obvious that it wouldn’t be very long to before we see Indian Grand Prix happening here. Though it seemed quite a bleak prospect when the event was in the pipeline due to the much criticized commonwealth games 2010.
In spite of all the challenges a world class pit and paddock area along with a grand stand having a capacity of 13,000 was set up. So finally after being postponed for a couple of years the country with a population of around 1.2 million finally saw its first f1 grand prix last year and its success needs no elaboration.
With an attendance of 100,000 for the race day, it produced one of the great sporting event that the country had ever seen. The participants also found it very well, with Sebastian Vettel of team Red Bull winning the race.
Because of its expensive nature the sport is yet to reach the common masses of the country. But still Indian Grand Prix was the third biggest Grand Prix on the basis of business.