McLaren prepared for the perils of India

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McLaren has learned the lessons from the inaugural Indian Grand Prix last year and will ensure that the risks involved in getting to the circuit are reduced this year.

Put up in Delhi during the inaugural edition of the race, the team had to travel some 40kms-odd to the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, enduring some hair-raising experiences on the way.

"We are going to stay much closer to the circuit and not go in from New Delhi every day because the biggest peril to our life and limb was driving from New Delhi to the circuit," McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh told Reuters.

"I couldn't believe the first day. We were going down (the expressway)... in the fast lane, when suddenly I think 'That's a truck coming towards us on the wrong side of the road'," he recollected.

Whitmarsh and the team members thankfully survived the ordeal and after repeated instances realised that such hazards were a part of the country.

Another potential suffering listed on the menu was the chance of contracting ‘Delhi Belly’ although the Briton clarified that preventive measures to cover such outbreaks were a part of the team’s checklist.

"We've got a number of precautions but probably less than the first year and if all goes well we will get even more complacent for the third trip, I expect," Whitmarsh pointed out.


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