Remixed track, Santana for GP

Fine-tuned to International Automobile Federation's (FIA) recommendations after last year's race, a squeaky clean Buddh International Circuit (BIC) is all set to host the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix, scheduled to be held on October 28.

Showcasing their preparedness for the big weekend, the organisers on Thursday said the new changes will make the race more competitive.

"Some minor changes have been made to the run off areas that will enhance the over all experience of the race," BIC's general manager race operations, Farhan Vohra, told reporters.

"We have extended the width of few turns from five metres to fifteen and the height of the kerbs have been raised to 25mm, to discourage the drivers from using any shortcuts at the chicane," he added.

Meanwhile, the track itself looks much cleaner than it did one year before while the landscape has also improved a great deal. Last year, a lot of drivers while appreciating the layout noted that there was a lot of dirt on the track.

"Last year there was a lot of construction going on. We were racing against time to get the track ready. This time, unless there's something as unforeseen as a dust storm, there won't be any such problem. And even in case of a dust storm, we have the necessary equipment to get the track ready," said Vohra.

"Also, we have hired special mechanised dusters from Bahrain and these will start working after 15th October to clean up the minutest of dust particles from all over the track which cannot be washed with regular dusters."

As for supplementary arrangements, organisers JPSI informed that the parking capacity has been raised to about 21,000 private cars and 1,000 motorcycle this time. There will also be 200 chartered buses from the Noida City Centre Metro Station to ferry spectators to the venue.

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