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Your views: Could F1 take on cricket in India?

Hotels are sold out and so are most of the tickets at the venue. We spoke to Mr. Askari Zaidi, the senior vice president for Jaypee Sport Group which owns the circuit.

“The response to the event has been great with Indian and foreign media giving it excellent coverage. The tickets are mostly sold out and we are expecting a full house on all three days”, he said.

The $400 million track is the biggest investment into a single sporting venue in India. Compare this with the $65 million cost to construct the MCA cricket stadium, a state-of-the-art facility in Pune, India which will be opened in 2012.

Bernie Ecclestone may not be too optimistic about F1 surpassing cricket's popularity in India, but going by the excitement we have witnessed in the last few months in the build up to the race, we are going ahead and placing the bet.

by Crash.net viewer Sam Matthews in Bangalore



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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.



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