Indian GP by 2010

Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's dream of having an Indian Grand Prix might just come true except that it won't be in Hyderabad.

According to Suresh Kalmadi, president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), India has not given up hopes of being a stopover on the official F1 calendar. "We are definitely trying to get a track ready in either Mumbai, New Delhi or Bangalore. By the time the Commonwealth Games (2010) comes to India, I hope that the track is ready for F1," said Kalmadi.

He was speaking at a function attended by India's Formula 1 debutant Narain Karthikeyan. The IOA president and MP also confirmed that talks with the chief ministers of these states have been initiated. He affirmed that it was time for India to host a Formula 1 race.

"At last we have a champion (Narain Karthikeyan), all we now require is a Formula 1 track and I think thats it's high time that India has got one," he added.

After Karthikeyan became the first Indian to sign a driving deal with an F1 team in early February, Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had speculated that it was just a matter of time before India would be assigned a race.

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