The F1 world is continuing to adjust to its new surroundings in India. Bruno Senna revealed to O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper that he is carrying around in his pocket a bottle of disinfectant.
“Each time I greet someone, I use it (on my hands),” said the Brazilian, referring to the risk of food poisoning.
Rubens Barrichello, meanwhile, laughed when he revealed that one of his rivals – believed to be Sebastian Vettel – is carrying around a bottle of whiskey.
“Someone told him to rinse out his mouth after eating anything,” said the Williams driver.
Felipe Massa is remembering his mother’s advice to think positively whenever he sees a cow. “They’re everywhere!” exclaimed the Ferrari star.
The smiling Barrichello added: “I heard a bell outside my hotel room and came out to the terrace – it was an elephant passing by.”
At the new Buddh circuit, the drivers think the layout will be exciting, but there are some off-track dramas.
A recurring one was clearly apparent during Thursday’s official driver press conference when a blackout struck mid-sentence.
“Listen, mate,” an unnamed engineer told the Guardian, “the place is chaos. The electricity doesn’t work, the gas doesn’t work and there are problems with the plumbing.”
Blick correspondent Roger Benoit revealed that a coffee machine exploded on Thursday due to faulty wiring.
Team Lotus driver Karun Chandhok told the Times of India: “These are only small issues and I am sure they will be sorted out soon.”
Brazilian Massa, also referring to the inescapable poverty suffered by residents just outside the circuit, told the Independent: “It reminds me very much of my country 20 or 30 years ago.
“Brazil has grown a lot since then, and so now, I believe, with events such as this, will India.”