In the fast lane -
Formula One in India

A rousing start-to-finish victory by world champion Sebastian Vettel was the culmination of the first Formula One race in India. In the run-up to the race, Vögele road pavers delivered an equally impressive top performance. From autumn 2010 onwards, they built the asphalt track, which is characterized by many turns and bends, as well as the ancillary areas of the new circuit located in the vicinity of New Delhi. On the first Formula One racing track in India, “Buddh International Circuit”, the “Vögele team” scored top marks with four Super 1800-2 especially in terms of reliability and precision. To create a perfectly even asphalt pavement for the racing drivers who would later fight for milliseconds, contractor Oriental Structure Engineers Ltd. from New Delhi used the Big Ski for levelling when paving the three-layer asphalt concrete structure.

Precise paving and perfect grade and slope control provide ideal conditions for Formula 1 drivers.

Precise paving and perfect grade and slope control provide ideal conditions for Formula 1 drivers.

The Vögele pavers met the high demand with ease

The new entrant on the Formula One racing calendar impresses with a challenging circuit: over a total length of 5.1 km with 16 corners, pavement widths between 18 and 20 metres with superelevations of up to twelve percent, and gradients of up to ten percent, the course offers ideal opportunities for exciting overtaking manoeuvres. To produce a premium-quality asphalt pavement that would fully meet these high requirements, the experts from Oriental Ltd. decided to use Vögele technology. Over the course of one year, the high-performance pavers laid down a two-layer base course of crushed aggregate and around 325,000 tonnes of asphalt both on the racing track and on the ancillary areas. Maximum precision was called for especially when paving the actual racing track. The specified tolerances allowed for binder content, grain fraction and evenness were significantly lower than those specified for German motorways. Vögele fully met the expectations placed on the pavers in terms of reliability: “The pavers operated without difficulty even at outside temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius,” says service technician Ralf Peter, reporting from the job site. Expectations were surpassed in terms of evenness. “With the two Big MultiPlex Skis, Vögele achieved outstanding results in terms of evenness. Irregularities were mostly smaller than one millimetre over a length of four metres,” says asphalt specialist Dr. Rainer Hart, delighted with the paving result. He has supervised the asphalt paving operations from conception via the choice of material in the quarry all the way to placing.

The surface course is made from a special asphalt containing aggregate with high resistance topolishing. This ensures that the road's good grip is maintained in the long term.

The surface course is made from a special asphalt containing aggregate with high resistance topolishing. This ensures that the road's good grip is maintained in the long term.

Indian partners are highly satisfied with the Wirtgen Group service

Pankaj Gautam, Senior Project Manager at Oriental Ltd., found nothing but praise for the machines and crew from the Wirtgen Group: “Thanks to the Vögele pavers and expert advice from Wirtgen India and Vögele, we remained safely within the extremely tight tolerances."

Job site: „Buddh International Circuit“, India
Length of circuit: 5.1 km
Width of circuit: 18 - 25 km
Circuit areas: 150,000 m²
Peripheral areas: 600,000 m²
Pave width: 6 m
Layer thickness base course 10 cm
binder course 5 cm
surface course 4 cm
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