With today’s talks about the future of the Bahrain Grand Prix set to dominate the headlines today, India’s motorsport chiefs have added fuel to the fire by suggesting that event organisers would be happy to reschedule the inaugural Indian Grand Prix from its original October 30 slot to make way for a rescheduled race at Sakhir.
India’s motorsport chief Vicky Chandhok, father to Lotus reserve driver Karun, has declared he would be open to the proposed December 11 date that has been earmarked on the calendar if the FIA decides to proceed with reinstating the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“The weather would be great [at that time of year],” he told the PTI news agency.
Given that recent Indian major events – with two examples being the Commonwealth Games and Cricket World Cup – have been blighted by construction delays, cynics have grounds to suggest that the New Delhi venue is also under the pump to meet its construction deadlines.
The FIA has enforced a much tougher deadlines procedure following the farcical build-up to last year’s Korean Grand Prix – where the final layer of tarmac was only put down just days before the maiden race – but all reports from the FIA suggest that the construction at India has not been affected.
Indian Grand Prix officials have again stressed that the building work is on-schedule and that they will be ready for the original October 30 date.
Meanwhile, the Bahrain government and tourist board is working on its own charm offensive ahead of today’s meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, with signposts put up around the capital Manama reading: “Let’s bring Bahrain Formula One back. Together we can.”
Most teams are very apprehensive about reinstating the race on this year’s calendar, but F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is still pushing for it to occur. No doubt the $40 million race fee he would stand to receive is a considerable influencing factor…