When I used to go through this list of F1 races, I used to feel bad for those few races that were without any Title sponsors. Unfortunately, the inaugural grand prix in India was too, part of those few tracks, without any sponsor. But that was until yesterday. From today, the Indian Grand Prix is called as ‘2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India’, as the nations’ leading telecom company has joined hands with Formula 1 to act as the title sponsor of Indian GP.
This couldn’t be sweeter for me; my favourite telecom company sponsoring my favourite motor sport. Good on you Airtel.
In related news, Formula 1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone has said that he was happy with the proceeding going on at the Buddh international circuit and the track should be ready in the coming few days. He also stressed that it was important for people involved in the event to raise awareness among people regarding the sport to generate interest and he hopes that he can bring that interest closer to the levels seen for cricket in 2-3 years from now.
In earlier news, it is known that the Homologation of the Indian track was postponed to September 1. The race will only go ahead if it clears the homologation process but it is widely expected that it is just a formality.