| India Races Ahead With F1 Track|
|Interest in motor racing in the country has increased with the launch of the Force India team in Formula One and the emergence of Indian drivers. Plans for an Indian Grand Prix were mooted back in 1997, with a circuit proposed for Calcutta. Since then, there have been various plans for tracks, including a site near Hyderabad airport, others at Mumbai, Bangalore and Lucknow as well as a street circuit in New Delhi and a permanent track near the city.|
In June 2007, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the Indian Olympic Committee announced a provisional agreement to hold the first Grand Prix race of the 2009 season at Gurgaon in the state of Haryana. By September, this had been pushed back to 2010 and moved to a new circuit at Greater Noida, which is around 50 kilometres from Delhi. A year later, the inaugural event had been delayed a further year. However, the agreement does now seem pretty well set in stone, with the Indian Grand Prix set for October 2011 as the eighteenth race of the season and construction of the circuit already underway.
The venue is being built by Jaypee Sports International, a subsidiary of the Jaypee Group, which is India's largest builder of dams and has interests in hospitality, engineering, construction and energy. To be known as the Jaypee Group Circuit, the track has been designed by Hermann Tilke, who has been the architect of several new circuits in Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Malaysia and China.