Ecclestone has no safety worries for Indian GP

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 18:45 PM IST

London: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has no safety concerns over Sunday`s Indian Grand Prix, the first major motorsport event since the tragic deaths of British driver Dan Wheldon and Italy`s Marco Simoncelli in separate races.

Wheldon was killed in a 15-car pile-up in an IndyCar race in Las Vegas last week while Simoncelli died due to injuries sustained in a crash in the Malaysian MotoGP on Sunday.

"In Formula One we do everything possible to secure the safety of the drivers and the spectators. I`m very happy the new circuit in India has been built to conform to our safety requirements," Ecclestone was quoted as saying in a daily.

India`s inaugural F1 race will be held at the Buddh International Circuit, built at a cost of around USD 215million.

The last Formula One drivers to be killed during competition were Roland Ratzenberger and three-times world champion Ayrton Senna, who died on the same weekend at Imola in 1994.

PTI