Buddh International Circuit, 2011

2011 Indian Grand Prix practice in pictures

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The Indian Grand Prix weekend began today at the Buddh International Circuit.

Indian drivers Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan were among those driving in the first practice session at the track.

Here are pictures of the cars as they took to the track for the first time.

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28 comments on “2011 Indian Grand Prix practice in pictures”

  1. That’s a very funky helmet for Narain Karthikeyan.

    1. amazingg..gr8 job by the designer :)

  2. Is it just me or has Ricciardo’s number been changed from 22 to 23?

    1. yup..narain is their no.1 driver for this race.

      1. That’s odd, I thought each driver’s number was meant to be consistent for the season, with it only changing when the team’s primary driver is replaced.

        Then again Narain was a main driver until Daniel took his place.

    2. So, effectively, Karthikeyan has gotten his #22 car back, and Ricciardo now replaces Liuzzi, driving his #23 car. Odd, but not unusual, I reckon.

    3. Karthikeyan substituted Ricciardo which substituted Liuzzi, for this race.

  3. Bob Marley? That’s a new one.

    No woman, no cry, eh Lewis?

    1. LOL Win :)

    2. Thats funny…

    3. I was thinking either “Survival” given his performances this season or, probably in his mind, “Slave Driver”

  4. Great pictures of the cars in the new circuit…The pictures in particular are the one taken of MGP’s in the pit lane with the grand stand as the back drop – just mega.

    No pictures of the stray dogs… Where re the bollywood hero’s when we need them the most to keep the stray dogs away ;p

  5. The force India lollipop is interesting..

    Does it indicate the car is in gear to the driver (I guess Sutil will know it for sure) ?


    Is it asking the Sutil to engage the gear from N?

    1. @icemangrins I suppose it’s just telling him to make sure the car is in gear so he can make a quick getaway.

  6. Amazing picture from Lewis’s helmet:

    “One love”

    Great homage to Nicole, I suppose. I think the man is really miserable now.

  7. Any chance of there being a full complete Screenshot of Lewis’ helmet Keith?

  8. Just realized that HRT has some sponsors on board. The car is looking kind of like a real live race car now! Performing?-no, looking?-yes.

    1. @dan_the-mclaren_fan

      I’ll see your stray dog photo, and raise you this:


      1. @Prisoner Monkeys, yes I’ve seen that : really funny! But apparently they have corrected that : I watched closely, and I haven’t seen it on TV.

    2. @Dan_the_McLaren_fan Let’s just hope Bruno Senna’s accident doesn’t repeat itself :)

  9. Karun Chandhok’s photo’s are captioned as him being a HRT driver

  10. Is anyone else struck by the heavy smog that’s everywhere? That can’t be good for the engines. Or the lungs.

    1. It’s not smog. It’s dust.

    2. of if you’re sebastien vettel its smug ;)

  11. LRGP Haven’t had any noticeable visual upgrades for quite some time, with the last upgrades I believe at Singapore where they were exploring alternative exhaust systems on Bruno’s car.

    It could be argued that their performance has been slowly dropping since then in comparative to other teams, this is a noticeably different tactic to that of last year, where Renault had an aggressive strategy, producing a new front wing for both cars at most races along.

    Is this contrast in strategy suggesting they have truly ruled out this year and are focusing on some bigger plans for next season?
    Although I would expect that some experimental development would continue as research for next seasons car?

    So is LRGP, who ended the ’10 season strong, with a potential podium in the making at Suzuka before a wheel nut came loose, and started the ’11 season strong with two podium finishes, loosing their mojo or preparing for a Brawn GP repeat in the 2013 season?

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