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Aug 8  – Indian motor sports chief Vicky Chandhok [Karun Chanhok’s father] says, he is not happy with 2012 Calendar dates, because 2012 Indian GP scheduled in April, it will be too hot for F1 in April in India

“I am not happy with April because it’s going to be hot,” Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, told Reuters in an interview. But if we have to go in April we will go. But I really think that the ideal dates for India are when it’s cooler. Maybe March or you go to October, November, and December.”

Too hot for Formula 1 in April in India. It gets hotter in May. Vicky added.

“In Delhi there is no humidity, it’s not that high. You are racing in Malaysia where the humidity is higher,” Chandhok, father of Lotus driver Karun, said with a grin.

FIA has postponed the final inspection of the circuit by a month to Sept. 1 but Chandhok allayed fears that there was a delay in construction and said the issue was purely “logistical.”

“Purely administrative reasons. Track advisor Charlie Whiting, who has been here three-four times, asked us ‘doesn’t it make logical sense for me to combine it with Korea?'”, Chandhok said. He is visiting Korea at the end of this month. On his way back he is flying over Delhi. So he will stop over at Delhi as it will make logical sense for the FIA.

“We said we are fine with it. It’s purely procedural and a matter of convenience for the date of inspection. Nothing else.”

The 5.14-km track would be one of the fastest circuits in the world and would encourage overtaking, said Chandhok, who was in Mumbai for the launch of a racing venture modelled on city-based franchises.

“I have been to every single racetrack in the world. It’s going to be one of the fastest circuits in the world,” he said. 1.2 km straight and three corners that have now been redefined. They are following the new FIA guidelines to encourage overtaking.

“I think it’s going to be phenomenal. There will be lot of scope of overtaking.”

Source: Reuters


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