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Chandhok says India ready to host technologically advanced Formula One

October 27, 2011 - Greater Noida (UP)

Vicky Chandhok, the president of the Indian Motor Sports Federation, has said that India is ready to host the technologically advanced Formula One.

Speaking ahead of the first motor sports race in the country, which is to be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Chandhok described the venue as "rough and ready".

Conceding that there will be "endless teething problems" over the next few days for the vast 250-million-pound 'Sport City' project being undertaken by industrial conglomerate the Jaypee Group, The Mirror quoted Chandhok, as saying: "It's very significant something like this has come up to showcase India. It's not about Formula One, it's not about motorsport - India has never hosted something on this magnitude ever. When I say on this magnitude, I'm not talking about a cricket game or the Commonwealth Games."

"This is an opportunity of showcasing India to 570million viewers worldwide, to get India recognized as a player capable of hosting the most technologically-advanced sport in the world. Suddenly, it's now a patriotic thing, to say 'hey guys, we can also do it'. It's more about that," Chandhok said.

"This is our first year and there are bound to be endless teething problems per se, but despite that this place is fantastic. It is absolutely stunning," he added.

Unlike last year's Commonwealth Games, a government undertaking that was paid for by the taxpayers and was plagued by scandal and corruption, the Formula One event is completely privately owned and run.

"This is a private enterprise and it will be looked after. We need nothing from the government, except an acceptance of the sport. We have been given an opportunity to showcase India - let's not ruin it. We're getting this event for next to nothing, so all we have to do is show that India can work well with it," Chandhok.

The Jaypee Group, founded by Jaiprakash Gaur, would appear to be putting their money where their mouths are, and for Chandhok that is all the proof required that India is serious about F1.

"The circuit owners, the Jaypee Group, are very new at this sort of thing, new to motor sport," added Chandhok, whose father founded the Indian Motor Sport Federation and Madras Motor Sports Club.

"So, they have followed certain guidelines and experts from all over the world. It's an eye-opener for them. But nothing is stopping them from keeping going. They are willing to invest more money to make it even better, and I think very few promoters in the world exist like this. So for me, what they have done is overwhelming from a personal point of view, and they are giving out the right signs, making the right noises, and that is so encouraging," said Chandhok.


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