India`s F1 calendar entry delights Mallya

Mumbai: India`s inclusion in next year`s Formula One calendar was today welcomed by Force India owner Vijay Mallya who described the world motor sports governing body FIA`s decision as "a dream come true".

"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," Dr Mallya
said in a statement about the development.

"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," Dr Mallya pointed out.

Yesterday, the FIA decided that India will host its first
Formula One Grand Prix on October 30, next year in Noida, one
of the 20 events in next year`s F1 calendar.

The track needs to be completed by July 30 and it will
get a go-ahead subject to FIA`s homologation.

Dr Mallya was confident that the track would meet the
deadline and live up to the necessary specifications.

"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. 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," he said.

Mallya also said that the country will become one of the
most attractive sporting destinations in the future.

"India`s economic growth, young and aspirational
demographic and the growing popularity of F1 in the country
make it one of the most attractive future destinations for a
high technology-driven and fantastically competitive sport
like F1 where both man and machine are tested to the absolute
limit," he added.