Di Resta: India ‘best of modern tracks’

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Paul di Resta hailed the Buddh International Circuit, scene of this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix, as the best of the modern Formula One circuits.

“I think the layout is one of the best from the new generation of tracks,” said Di Resta.

The Buddh International Circuit joined the F1 roster in 2011. Other recent additions to the calendar include the Circuit of the Americas (2012), Korea International Circuit (2010), Yas Marina (2009), Singapore (2008) and Valencia (2008, now dropped).

“Sector one stands out for me because it’s where you can really challenge somebody,” explained Di Resta, “it’s got long straights and big braking zones and can make for some exciting battles.”

“The rest of the track has elevation changes and off-camber corners so it’s a challenging combination for the engineers as it’s important to have good mechanical grip.”

The race marks the home event for the Indian-owned team. “This is always a massive event for us and comes at the end of a very busy week because we will be spending a few days in Delhi ahead of the race to meet the local media and fans,” said Di Resta.

“We come to India several times during the year and you can see the growing enthusiasm of the fans. It’s great that we get to spend time with them and show them the thrill of Formula One up close.”

Lewis Hamilton enjoys epic trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston earlier this week, a thrill for the driver of a land-speed rocket for Mercedes AMG Petronas to then see actual ones.

In today’s pre-race coverage for the United States Grand Prix, NBCSN takes you behind the scenes of the trip in Houston. You can see that video, above.