India joins F1 calendar in 2011

Paris: India will host its first ever Formula
One Grand Prix on October 30 next year, the world governing
body of the game FIA announced on Wednesday, ending the country`s
long wait to become a part of the F1 calendar.

India will stage the 18th Grand Prix on the 20-race
calender, released by the FIA after a meeting of the World
Motor Sport Council here.

However, the Indian GP is subject to FIA homologation.

India`s F1 race will be held at Jaypee Group Circuit,
which is under construction now in Greater Noida, about 50
kilometres from the national capital New Delhi.

In October, 2007, the FIA signed a Rs 1600 crore contract
with JPSK Sports Private Limited to organise an F1 race in

The estimated cost to develop the 5.15 km circuit is
about USD 215 million with a seating capacity of 150,000.
The construction work is expected to be complete by June

The 2011 season will begin with Bahrain Grand Prix on
March 13 and conclude on November 27 in Brazil.

The FIA decided to continue the championship with 12
teams till the 2012 season, saying they could not find a team

"A number of interested parties expressed their interest.
It was considered that none of the candidates met the
requirements to be granted an entry into the Championship.
Consequently, the allocation of the 13th team will not be
granted," a statement on FIA website said.