By Shrikant Shankar at BIC
All the arrangements for the second Indian Grand Prix were supposedly in order. All the drivers and teams had an easier time at the Budd International Circuit in terms of setting up everything compared to last year.
Even in the media centre and the paddock everything was very professional and all the facilities were top notch. If there was any problem for the media it was the travel to get to the paddock and media centre.
Media shuttles were supposed to take the media personnel from the pickup point to the media centre and back again. That was what was said, but did not turn out that way.
Shuttles were available from the morning but many members of the press, who arrived a good two hours before the race began, were left waiting for a long time.
Assistance from some volunteers also did not help as the shuttles were called for but did not arrive. What made matters even more comical yet frustrating was spectators, who were going to the main grand stand, were seated in some of the ‘media shuttles’ as the media themselves were left standing.
With no assistance seeming to be on the way, many had to walk to the media centre. This easily took more than half-an-hour. Some volunteers made some calls as to why the shuttles never arrived, but it was not going to help any party.
Whatever the reasons, it was certainly a less than comforting experience. As mentioned earlier, this is the second time Formula 1 has come to the country and still there is a lot to improve.