Formula One world adjusts to new surroundings in India

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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.

Local villagers in Greater Noida, India
Local villagers in Greater Noida, India

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"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.

These are only small issues and I am sure they will be sorted out soon

Karun Chandhok

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."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Felipe Massa , Karun Chandhok , Sebastian Vettel , Bruno Senna
Teams Ferrari , Team Lotus , Williams
Tags barrichello, buddh, chandhok, indian gp