Dr. Vijay Mallaya’s long awaited dream to host the Formula One Grand Prix in India is finally coming true! For the first time in the history of the sport, Formula One’s calendar will comprise of 20 races that will be held in 20 different venues for the Grand Prix; and the 20th entry as expected is India, as confirmed by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council. “As team principal of India’s very first F1 team ‘Force India’ and in my capacity as chairman of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India and a member of the FIA World Motor Sports Council, this is a dream come true,” said Mallya.
“As an Indian, I feel proud and walk tall amongst the world’s motor sports community. There are a maximum of 20 F1 grand prix races worldwide each year and it is a matter of pride that India is on the list.” The Grand Prix’s circuit is yet to be homologated by the ruling body and if all goes well, the Indian Grand Prix will be on October 30th, two weeks after the Korean Grand Prix. Dr. Vijay Mallya, however, is confident the track will be ready and meet the necessary requirements.
“I would like to record my appreciation for the bold initiative taken by the Jaypee Group in establishing a greenfield F1 race track at Noida,” he added. “From the regular reports I have received, construction is in full progress and the track with considerable supporting infrastructure will be ready well in time for the 2011 event.” Looks like the good times are finally here! Sir Vijay Mallaya, you did us proud! May the beer keep rolling and the mugs keep clinking!