F1 » 'Positive' reports on Indian GP – though Rosberg may disagree...

The FIA might allude to 'positive reports' on progress ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix next month, but others are warning that the current visa situation could result in chaos...

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TooBored - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 2:03 PM

Having face the idiotic bureaucracy of getting an indian visa myself, all I have to say is if the government dont want F1, maybe we should give to a place where F1 will be welcomed with open arms. Somewhere like africa or south america.

Amol Rotithor - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 2:24 PM

So the FIA official says
"If the government takes three weeks to process a visa application, almost 90 per cent of F1 people, me included, won't attend the race."

Well, then why did you not apply in advance?!!
Indians have to get a visa EVERY TIME we travel to any country abroad, and we certainly seem to manage alright!

True that the Indian Government can be a bit frustrating at times, but the rules are crystal clear!


September 23, 2011 2:38 PM

Sounds very much like F1 doesn't like to be treated in the same manner as it treats everyone else. The hipocracy is deep. The Indian goverment rules their country and has every right to charge "Admission Fee" just as F1 charges outrageous amounts to see its races. I certainly hope they charge Bernie E. the highest amount, he deserves to be screwed again and again!

Vik - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 2:56 PM

Visa's are always required for every foreign national and Indians do it all the time to travel abroad and its not an easy process for the common man. So why should it be easy for F1 people. They are not above anyone.

As already said by fellow observers if F1 wants to make money from the booming economy in India and the market they better pay up to the government too. This is no way a cheap sport they can well and truly afford paying up the taxes. Good god this is all a big hype.

DW - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 4:28 PM

What some of you clowns fail to realize is that elements in India went out of their way to get F1 to the country. They lobbied against other nations to have a race, & part of that lobby is that they F1 would be welcomed with open arms ... basically inviting them to come to your country!

Trying to tax them like a sacred cash cow, & not facilitating access for the teams & competitors is ridiculous ... & especially a guy like Nico Rosberg - what possibly reason could the Indian government have for denying him entry!!?

Are the international teams & players involved in the Champions League cricket tournament being taxed too?

Ak - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 5:47 PM

DW paranoia has engulfed a major part of u.

India did not lobby you maniac.. F1 and Bernie wanted to come to india after seeing Indias growth and learning from its mistake after going to trkey and bahrain.

1 bilion people with over 200 million viewers. They wanted to come to India.

Champions league and cricket is a sport followed by 90% of the population or approx 900 million people. Hence it is a sport of national importance/

Do you get it now? take notes if it helps!


September 23, 2011 5:58 PM

ak. not being from india, i do not know the true situation. however i am sure that bernie did not just go to india and ask if anybody would build an f1 track. obviously some group with access to money began to lobby bernie for a gp, if they built a track. so the question is, does the indian govt have any interest in the track, and if not, WHO are the owners, and did they build it with the blessing of the govt?

fastlane66 - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 6:03 PM

Bernie wants Indian money but Indian does not want F1 in their Country.
Bernie Karma is in bad sign at the moment. Bernie should be careful everything he do. He may not believe Karma but 2011 is not good year for him.

Ak - Unregistered

September 23, 2011 6:30 PM


JPSI, or the JayPee Group a publicly listed company Infra company in India is building the track.

Nothing to do with the Govt.

Mallya, Vicky Chandhok and the likes have been trying to get the sport to India for their own selfish needs.

Mallya owns an F1 team, the track would help popularize it and promote kingfisher

Chandhok is the president of the racing body in India, I thnk its the FMSI. obviously more races means wealthier body and more commissions.

Indian Govt. has nothing to do with it. Im saying this even though I hate the present govt. and I do think bribing will help, but the visa issue is dramatized beyond belief. I had applied for a visa abroad from India, and you can every 2nd or 3rd person in the queue is denied visa.

Cry me a river rosberg. you should have filled your docs correctly.

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