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India track build not yet underway

ESPNF1 Staff
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The proposed paddock complex for the Indian Grand Prix © JPSK Sports Ltd

Construction of the circuit to host the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011 has not yet begun, but work to prepare the greenfield site for building to commence is now 90% complete.

The preparatory work includes adding elevation changes to the site and installing a vast drainage network, with the entire construction project due to be completed by July next year, about three months before its first race in October 2011.

The circuit is the latest to be designed by renowned F1 architect Herman Tilke and features a total of 16 corners on its clockwise layout, with elevation changes of up to 60 feet. The circuit's buildings will be of modern western design, a departure from Tilke's usual design philosophies of tailoring the design to local traditions.

The track will be located 40km south-east of India's capital city New Delhi, and is being organised and funded by the private Jaypee Sports company. The race was originally due to appear on the calendar in 2010, but was subsequently pushed back by Bernie Ecclestone.

The addition of India to the schedule in 2011 will push the season to a record-breaking 20 events - unless another race is ditched.