India Joins The 2009 Formula One Calendar

India Joins The 2009 Formula One Calendar

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has today announced that they will be joining the ever-growing 2009 Formula One calendar. Along with Valencia and Singapore who are set to join next season, India and Abu Dhabi will expand the season from the year after. While the country still has yet to build a track for the inaugural Grand Prix, IOA President Suresh Kalmadi made a statement to the press earlier.

We have received a letter in this regard from Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One. The IOA will be the promoter, the first event of which will be held in 2009. Suresh Kalmadi.

The current agreement is still preliminary, as a circuit that meets the strict FIA guidelines has to be built.


  • Surely there has to now be an agreement reached to extend the season and include over 20 races a year?

    I really hope that’s the case and there won’t instead be a massive cull of existing European races – especially the British GP.

    Hopefully the one positive element of LewisMania will be the safety of Silverstone on the calendar!

  • Regarding the fate of the British Grand Prix: I’m not holding my breath. Hopefully the race will remain, but Bernie is a businessman at heart, and if he can make more money from hosting a race elsewhere, he’ll press ahead and do it. France has lost their event, Germany is down to one, and Italy have lost one this year.

  • And not to forget about the US GP. Bernie is not too happy with that either and might drop it if Indian GP does comes up in 2009.

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