For once, the excitement is not about cricket, rather some rubber smoking Formula 1 action at India’s own racing track at Buddh International Circuit. The country is all set to host its first Grand Prix. The final touches are being given to the preparations and everyone is eagerly waiting for the race weekend that is being billed as a “car-nival”. The world’s third most watched sporting event after the Olympics and the Football World Cup is finally set to enthral Indians on their own soil. Come October 28 to 30, the 12 teams with their 24 mean machines will sweat it out and burn the rubber on this newly laid track. The venue is all prepared to host the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, from tri-colour stands to one of the best elevation changes. It all looks in good shape. In fact the cars, equipment and cargo have already started arriving. The Buddh International Circuit has a capacity of over 1 lakh. The drivers and the F1 officials will stay at the organisers’ plush property — Jaypee Resort — in Greater Noida. All the hotels in the national capital region are already overbooked and with rooms at a premium, the rates have gone through the roof. Most of the hotels in the luxury and business category in the capital are looking forward to cashing in on an uncharacteristically busy weekend.