F1 » Your views: Will F1 take on cricket in India?

Could F1 rival cricket in the popularity stakes in India?

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bojan - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 12:26 PM

One race a year is not going to get very far against cricket which is played everywhere all the time. India would need more grassroots motorsport to sustain interest - even then it faces an uphill battle against cricket which is well entrenched.

PSBDD11 - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 1:15 PM

This will certainly excite avid F1 home viewers. In a few years, I wouldn't be surprised if F1 has a feverish fan following in India. This is a great start and unless the cricket team brings home another World Cup, they may lose their position on the podium.

Calvin _

October 25, 2011 1:21 PM

Pretty stupid question. To play cricket, you get a bunch of mates, a couple of bats and some stumps and away you go. Contrast this with the very singular focus of F1, not to mention the cost! Not sure how many average Indians can afford to go to an F1 race.

graxyq - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 1:51 PM

Wow! If that happens it will be really amazing, but I have my doubts. But Indian cricket fans are also very temperamental with the player homes being stoned if they lose a match especially against pakistan. That will not be a problem with F1 with only boring Narain. Chandok should have been given the drive. F1 seem to be all over the news papers and television in India.


October 25, 2011 3:02 PM

Sorry, just really can't see it happening.
India is the world's largest cricket playing nation.
And specially since they started the IPL T20, ensuring their players get to be involved in top level competition year round.

Cricket popularity isn't decided on World Cups alone. Yes, F1 could get massively popular, but it won't rival cricket.

racing times - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 4:08 PM

F1 is definitely a growing sport in India and I read elsewhere on crash that they are looking for another track near Bombay. If they have an exciting race this year, that will create some excitement for sure, but I doubt if it can really make an impact on the common man. After a couple of years, it may be a different story. An Indian driver will help for sure

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