Grapevine: Karthikeyan's Mumbai run delayed

Narain Karthikeyan's planned demonstration run in his Jordan through the streets of Mumbai has been delayed because of problems with the local roads

Grapevine: Karthikeyan's Mumbai run delayed

The Indian driver had been scheduled to make history on October 30 by being the first man to drive a Formula One car in India with his run down Marine Drive in Mumbai.

But problems with the bumpy road surface, which has proved unsuitable for an F1 car to run at high speed, led to rumours earlier this week that the event would have to be delayed.

Nitin Dossa, executive chairman of the Western Indian Automobile Association that is organising the event, confirmed to Autosport-Atlas on Friday that it will now take place at a later date.

"Yes, Narain Karthikeyan's demo run has been postponed," he said. "New dates will be informed."


"It's too risky for Narain, who would just go off. We'd be putting thousands of fans who would come to watch the show to as much risk, considering that the car would do speeds of 250 kph and more."

Special milling machines have been brought in to help grind down the bumps on the road and work is also being made in ensuring that joints in the concrete surface are fully sealed.

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