The Buddh International Circuit represents new territory for Formula One and Pirelli, in one of the fastest-growing automotive markets in the world. Tomorrow the drivers will experience the track for the first time: here are some of the biggest demands that the tyres are likely to face on the 5137-metre circuit, located just outside of Delhi.
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