Formula One set to make India Debut in October 2011
I am a die-hard Formula One fan – It is such an exhilarating sports that you find an adrenaline rush every-time your favorite team / driver comes on screen on the race-day.
India now has a good presence in Formula One – Force India team is owned by dynamic liquor baron Vijay Mallya. This is the 3rd year of their presence on the circuit and they are one of the most improved Formula1 teams. Karun Chandok is currently the lone Indian driver racing with Hispania Racing Team (HRT) in Formula – He is also the 2nd Indian driver after Narain Karthikeyan who made debut in 2007.
Coming back to the big news – India will be one of the very few nations who will have be hosting their own Formula One Circuit. The FIA released its race schedule Wednesday last week, and it features Indian Grand Prix on October 30, 2011. Off-course, there is a small caveat – The Indian Grand Prix circuit has to pass the Strict FIA review to be held on July 2011.
The reason why I am confident is – The Indian Grand Prix circuit is built privately and sponsored wholly by Jaypee Group. With no involvement of Government in this whole affair, it is quite unlikely that we will see any CWG-esque like fiasco with completion of Indian F1 circuit.
The Jaypee Group has signed a 10-year deal with the FIA to create the 5.14 km circuit and conduct the event, through its Jaypee Sports International arm.
2011 Formula One Racing Schedule
|March 13, 2011||Bahrain|
|March 27, 2011||Australia|
|April 10, 2011||Malaysia|
|April 17, 2011||China|
|May 8, 2011||Turkey|
|May 22, 2011||Spain|
|May 29, 2011||Monaco|
|June 12, 2011||Canada|
|June 26, 2011||Europe|
|July 10, 2011||Great Britain|
|July 24, 2011||Germany|
|July 31, 2011||Hungary|
|August 28, 2011||Belgium|
|September 11, 2011||Italy|
|September 25, 2011||Singapore|
|October 9, 2011||Japan|
|October 16, 2011||Korea|
|October 30, 2011||India (Subject to the Review of the circuit)|
|November 13, 2011||Abu Dhabi|
|November 27, 2011||Brazil|
2011 Formula One season will be one of the longest yet, with the number of F1 races going to 20. India will also become the seventh Asia-Pacific nation to join the F1 calendar along with Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.
There is no doubt, I will be there in Delhi to witness the next year’s Indian Grand Prix extravaganza – anyone else as excited as I am about this ?