The sights, the smells and the sounds were not like any that I'd experienced at any previous Formula 1 race. One year ago we arrived in India to film how things were progressing and the Buddh International Circuit was a field, a construction site and a swamp all at the same time. To arrive there and discover a track of such high quality was a relief and a joy.
Fans 2011 Indian Grand Prix ï¿½ sutton-images.com
It's always great to be at a 'first' grand prix, and everyone arrived in Delhi in the same way that they arrived in Korea last year and Abu Dhabi three years ago; with lots of excitement and a bit of suspicion, but ready to experience the unknown.
There were the usual scare stories before we got there and a few scary tales once we'd arrived at the track. Okay, it was Halloween weekend, but on Thursday we turned up to find a dead bat on my boss's desk, and later that day its friends invaded the media centre!
The commentary boxes had no windows and looked more like cells, by Friday some people from the BBC and in the paddock had fallen ill, and the toilets in the TV compound were, well, let's not even go there (figuratively or literally)!