Bernie Ecclestone has revealed his delight at taking Formula 1 to India - and hopes one day the sport will rival cricket.

The first Grand Prix race in the country will take place in New Delhi at the Buddh International Circuit in the last weekend in October.

It will be the seventeenth stop of the season, coming just before Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

Speaking to Sky Sports Ecclestone said: "Formula One is new to India,

"We will never catch cricket, I'm quite sure about that, but we have to try our best to do that. I'm sure eventually we will get very close."

And Ecclestone admits that he is confident that everything will be ready on time.

"I have no doubt in my mind the circuit is going to be one of the nicest we have and that it's going to be complete on time.

"We are checking everything all the time, on a daily basis. We are very, very happy everything is on time. There are no problems."

The F1 drivers will be back in action next weekend when they head to Spa in Belgium.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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