Hamilton: Buddh is like Spa!

By on Monday, October 22, 2012

Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to a return to a country he loves for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit.

Hamilton had a disappointing race in the country last season courtesy of a collision with Felipe Massa.

"I love India – the people, the colour, the noise, the spectacle, the chaos: it’s an intense and vibrant country, with some of the most enthusiastic and friendliest people we meet all year", he said.

"The circuit, too, is something of a revelation. Most modern tracks have a very similar feel; you find that the same driving style and rhythm suits them all. But the Buddh International Circuit is different: it has more in common with a great track like Spa than it does with any number of the more modern places we visit".

Hamilton cited much of the second half of the circuit as a fantastic experience.

"That’s because it’s got an incredible flow – basically, from Turn Four, a wide-apex right-hander that sweeps downhill, the track is just a series of fast, rolling curves which really allow you to put the car absolutely on the limit".

Jenson Button agrees with his outgoing team mate about the nature of the circuit.

"The combination of Turns 10 and 11 is pretty special – it’s a huge, bowl-shaped double-apex right-hander, a bit like Spoon at Suzuka. It’s unusual for a new circuit to have such fast corners, and it’s really enjoyable when you get the car hooked up through there – the lateral g feels great", he said.

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