Mercedes to set up Motor Sports academy at Buddh International Circuit: Michael Schumacher speaks (Photos)

Judging by audience enthusiasm, and performance and capabilities shown by racers at the Buddh International Circuit over the weekend, Mercedes is right to set up a sports institute in the country as decided previously. This institute specifically designed to promote motor sports is a tie-up between Mercedes and Buddh International Circuit.

Mr. Norbert Haug, Vice President of Mercedes Benz Motor Sports confirmed setting up of this academy and said that they would be official partners as they see a lot of potential in this sport in India.  Michael Schumacher also has seen budding talent in the country and hopes for more Indian participation in the future besides just two Indian racers.  He said that sponsors and advertisers should step forward to support young racers and help instill interest and participation.

The academy will be set up by end 2011 at Buddh International Circuit and Michael Schumacher may even be brought in to help train young racing enthusiasts.  The aim of this academy would be to tap young racers who have a flair and interest in racing.  Professional training will be imparted and it is hoped that the academy would attract a lot of youngsters who till date had no place to receive motorsports training in India. The Mercedes GP Petronas duo, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg came in 5th and 6th at the inaugural 2011 Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit.

Team Principal, Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Mr Ross Brawn had this to say. “A very solid race from the drivers and team today, and we are very pleased to have achieved fifth and sixth places. Michael, Nico and the engineers did an excellent job to focus on getting the car right for the race, and making the best use of the tyres. We certainly got everything that we could out of our current car this weekend. It was an exciting race from our two drivers with Michael coming out on top this time, however you could see just how closely matched they are during the race. Nico’s second set of tyres faded a little bit more on him whilst Michael was able to stay out longer which was enough to take fifth place. It was a very good result for the team today and I’m extremely pleased with how we have worked this weekend.”

Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsports, Norbert Haug had this to say. “A strong result today for our team considering the possibilities that our technical package currently has. It is satisfying for everybody to extract the maximum and to achieve the best possible result. Our lap times looked consistent throughout the race which shows that we handled the tyres well and found a set-up which suited the track. Of course, our drivers did a very good job today. To come home in fifth place after starting in 11th is certainly satisfying for Michael. His start, when he gained three places, and his second long and consistent stint were decisive for him to get in front of Nico. He also did a good job today with both our drivers doing similar lap times throughout the race which shows that they achieved what was possible. This inaugural Indian Grand Prix was a remarkable event. This is a fantastic and challenging race track, and saw packed grandstands and great enthusiasm from the fans. Formula One could not have wished for more during the first race in a new country. So a big thank you to the organisers, the Jaypee Group, and to Bernie Ecclestone and FOM, who have worked very hard to make this new event happen. We now are looking forward to the next Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, the home of our co-owners and partners Aabar, where we hopefully can achieve a similar result. Fifth and sixth places are not what we are ultimately striving for but it is satisfying to get the best possible results and we can build on that in order to make a good step next year.”