Suresh Kalmadi, president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has announced that India will host it s first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2010.
Formula 1 management have approved to sites on the outskirts of New Delhi for building a new circuit. The IOA and race promoters have the final decision as to which site to go for. Formula 1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke was seen in India earlier this month inspecting prospective sites before reporting his findings back to Bernie Ecclestone.
“I met Mr. Ecclestone in London last week and I am happy to say he told me it is a good report and that they have selected two sites for the F1 track,â€ Kalmadi explained. “He also handed over to me the two draft contracts for race promotion of the Grand Prix of India in the F1 World Championship, and the circuit rights agreement. I am happy to say the first race has been finalised for the year 2010. We will be signing the contract for 2010 the month is not finalised but it would be March, the first race, or after the Bahrain Grand Prix.â€
The two sites which have been chosen are in Sohna, near the industrial centre of Gurgaon, and Greater Noida, an area to the capital s east.