The 5.1-kilometre Hermann Tilke-designed circuit is currently being built on a 100-acre development on the outskirts of the city, but recent visitors to the site have indicated that the venue has a long way to go before the mid-year completion deadline the organisers have promised.
And on the back of seemingly disorganised construction work ahead of India’s recent Commonwealth Games and Cricket World Cup events, there are fears of a repeat of the shambles that blighted these events, which would mirror the construction delays that his last year’s maiden Korean Grand Prix.
The race at Yeongyam was held on a half-finished venue, and it incredibly won the FIA trophy for the best Grand Prix of the year.
But Dr Walter Kafitz – the former head of Germany’s Nurburgring circuit who now oversees the Indian Grand Prix delegation – told Speed Week that F1 fans have nothing to fear.
“There will be no South Korea-type situation with us,” he is quoted as saying.
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