With the buildup to the second annual Indian F1 grand prix in full swing, there are several key issues to consider: Will Sebastian Vettel extend his championship lead? Will Ferrari provide Alonso a car that can challenge for the title? And will an F1 car hit and kill a stray dog?
That last question is perhaps one of the most pertinent, as last year’s first practice session was blighted by stray dogs roaming onto the circuit, prompting fears of a messy, high speed canine-car collision.
Officials say last year’s stray dog issues were caused by the fact there was a lot of construction work going on. Dogs, attracted by the sights, sounds and smells of F1, were able to infiltrate the Buddh International Circuit and there was very little anyone could do to stop them.
“A huge number of labourers were camped around the circuit. They used to cook on site and that in turned attracted the dogs. But this time that sort of thing is not happening. So, we are confident,” Askari Zaidi told the BBC.
“We detected between six to seven entry points through which dogs or other stray animals were able to intrude on the circuit,” Zaidi said.
“These points have been completely sealed off, while fencing around the circuit has now got two layers. In addition there will be a few teams of dog catchers around the circuit.”
Originally, officials had planned to deploy ultrasonic devices to create an electronic dog barrier, but the two layers of fencing proved sufficient. The circuit has in the region of 40 events since last season’s inaugural race without incident.