Mallya: India would move for Bahrain
|By Jonathan Noble||Thursday, May 26th 2011, 14:49 GMT|
Vijay Mallya says Indian Grand Prix organisers would have no problem in switching the date of this year's race to December 4, if that is required to accommodate the return of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Ahead of a team principals' meeting with Bernie Ecclestone at the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday afternoon to discuss the possibility of Bahrain's return, Mallya has said that the Delhi event will be ready for whichever date gets chosen.
"There are no issues on whether the track will be completed or not, that track will be ready on time," explained Mallya during an official FIA press conference in Monaco.
"There is a huge amount of interest, people are already clamouring for tickets and it is a major step forward in Indian motorsport and sport in general in our country.
"Whether it is October 30 or December 4 really doesn't matter to us. In fact in December the weather is cooler, so it should not impact on the race itself."
Although the Indian GP date move would cause little problems from F1, there remains unease about the return to Bahrain so soon after the political troubles that have hit the Gulf State.
Mallya said it would be wrong for team bosses to judge the rights and wrongs of having Bahrain back, ahead of talks with Ecclestone.
"I understand that there is a team principals' meeting at 5pm to discuss this and after that I am sure it will be debated at the WMSC, of which I am a member," he said. "It would be wrong of me to prejudge the issue here, so let's discuss it at team principal level and then at the FIA."
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh added: "It is something that is best discussed with the FIA and among the teams, rather than via a press conference."