En route to this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone made a brief stopover in India to check out construction progress on the venue hosting next Bernie Ecclestone declared himself pleased with the construction progress for next year's Indian GP year’s inaugural F1 race on the subcontinent.

Perhaps stung in the wake of Korea’s struggles to get an F1 venue together in time, Ecclestone might be disinclined to see history repeat itself once again. Local reports claim that the 79-year-old gave the facility – located some 40km from Dehli – the thumbs-up after his inspection.

Describing himself as “very, very happy” with proceedings, Ecclestone also added that progress was “much better than I thought”, maybe in reference to some sections of the international media being scornful of Dehli’s efforts at hosting the recently-finished Commonwealth Games.

The diminutive Briton was quick to criticise those sections of the media that criticised the Games, and pointed out that “different people” (referring to Jaypee Sports) are organising the F1 event.

“I have no fears about the circuit. After the Commonwealth Games, silly people said ‘be careful’ but I’m so happy about the progress of work,” Ecclestone added. “It is going to be much better than many tracks.”

Contrary to concerns that the local airport and infrastructure won’t be able to cope with the influx of people for the event, Ecclestone said his only concerns were the need for “more hotels coming up in surrounding areas”.

Ecclestone added that a later visit by him as the October 2011 event drew closer would probably not be required.

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