New Delhi: It seems that the dust needs to settle down even before the start of the highly anticipated inaugural Indian Grand Prix; having said that as long as the dusty affair does not snowball into a stormy one, it should be a happy ending for the organisers of the race, who would be hell bent to ensure that the event remains a permanent fixture in the Formula One calendar.
The Commonwealth Games are over, but the wounds are yet to heal. The famous wisdom quote 'what has been done cannot be undone', is something that cannot be quite dismissed by the snap of one’s finger, when it comes to India playing host to major international events.
The initial signs are encouraging though, as quite a lot of the drivers seem to have done their homework on what could be expected from their visit to India, apart from of course, the practice, qualifying and the race itself.
The Taj seems to be on everyone's mind even though Sebastian Vettel is the only one who to has managed to make the trip thus far.
Apart from that, the track is said to be a really challenging one, and the dusty nature of it is not going to make life any easier for the racers.
Also, all the arrangements within the Buddh International Circuit is reported to have been well up to the mark.
However, the real heartbreak for Sunday's race will be the absence of Karun Chandhok, as Lotus decided to go with their Finnish-Italian duo of Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli for the race.
But, if the credentials of the two drivers are taken into account, Chandhok and his numerous supporters should not really feel aggrieved by the Indian driver’s non participation.
Kovalainen who made his debut for Mercedes McLaren in 2007 has a race win to his name which came the following year in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Aged 37, Trulli is a true veteran if there ever was one. The man from Pescara, Abruzzo won his first and only race in the 2004 Monaco GP. He has also been on the podium on 11 occasions since making his debut way back in 1997.
As far as the winner of Sunday's race is concerned, there are no two ways about the fact that double world champion, Vettel who grabbed his 13th pole of the season on Saturday, will be the clear favourite to clinch his 11th victory in 2011.