For Indian Formula 1 fans already looking forward to the 2012 Indian Grand Prix, good news is in store as tickets for the second Indian Grand Prix scheduled on October 28th at the Buddh International Circuit are now on sale.
At the launch, Sameer Gaur, MD & CEO of JPSI –the event promoter, said, “By the grace of God and good wishes of millions of Indians, we managed to host a hugely successful F1 race last year.
“It demonstrated, among other things, India’s ability to hold highly challenging international sporting events.
He further iterated that ‘facilities at BIC have been improved further’ and that the spectators can look forward to a far more entertaining F1 race this year. He also confirmed that racing fans can expect more international races to be held at the Greater Noida circuit in near future.
As for the pricing, the reduction in price of the main grandstand ticket is the most obvious, now costing Rs 30,000 for all three days, which is cheaper to the tune of Rs 5,000 compared to 2011. A smart move, considering quite a few grandstand seats went empty last year, especially on Friday and Saturday forcing the organisers to make a last-minute price cut.
As an added incentive, the grandstand season ticket would include food and beverages vouchers worth Rs 3,000 as well. However, parking charges will have to be paid for separately, unless you buy two grandstand tickets which would entitle you to one complimentary car parking spot. The other alternative is to avail the shuttle service plying from Noida City Centre to the circuit and back.
Moreover, early birds can also get their hands on free BIC merchandise on booking grandstand tickets.
Alternatively, a ‘Sunday-only’ grandstand ticket would set you back by Rs 20,000.
If you’re on a budget though, the cheapest option is to get your hands on a natural stand ticket costing just Rs 3,500 for three days – a bargain especially if you manage to bag the stand that overlooks turn one. However, this is usually the first lot of tickets to be sold out as well, so you might want to book them as soon as possible.
Last year, the circuit was barely completed in time for the F1 circus to descend upon Greater Noida but this time around; organisers are determined to offer fans an all-round experience for their money. Some entertainment programmes will thus be scheduled and official F1 merchandise will be available for sale at the F1 village, set up behind the main grandstand.
However, basic utilities like catering services, public conveniences, and ATMs will be available in close proximity to all stands.
If you are unsure about which stand to pick, read our in-depth lowdown on what to expect - Indian GP ticketing explained
Tickets can be booked online at www.bookmyshow.com
2012 Indian GP ticket pricing
Stand Price (INR)
Main Grand Stand Rs 30,000 (Season ticket)
Main Grand Stand Rs 20,000 (Limited Sunday ticket)
Premium Rs 14,000
Star Rs 8,500
Classic Rs 6,500
Natural Rs 3,500