Indian Grand Prix Will Go Ahead as Normal After Inspection Delay

August 18, 2011

The Indian Grand Prix will go on as scheduled as there were reports that there would be a delay after an inspection was delayed by a month.

F1 Chief Execurive, Bernie Ecclestone, said: “We have people on the ground on a daily basis and they’re telling me we have no problems with construction and everything is on time.” .

F1 officials will now test the Buddh International Circuit developed by Indian construction company Jaiprakash Associated ltd on Aug. 31, Ecclestone said at a sponsorship event. “It will be signed-off on in the first week of September,” ahead of the Oct. 30 race, he said.

Guidelines of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the world’s governing body for motorsport, stipulate tracks should be fully tested at least 90 days before a competition.

The Indian Grand Prix will be hosted in the Delhi satellite town of Greater Noida, where farmland is being swallowed up by gated communities for a surging middle class. While ticket prices are yet to be announced, the average price of entry into this year’s Chinese race was $385, six months’ income for the 80 percent of India’s 1.2 billion people the World Bank estimates live on less than $2 a day.

“We were ready for the inspection in the first week of August but we all agreed that it made sense” for F1’s Race Director Charlie Whiting “to come at the end of the month,” Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, said today in a phone interview. “Logistically, it made sense for Whiting to fly to Delhi around the same time as the other inspections in the region.”