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DC gets knuckles rapped over F1 display

David Coulthard is facing a fine or a ban from driving in India after breaking a pre-arranged speed limit during an F1 demonstration run in India.

The Scot was clocked at nearly three-times the pre-arranged limit during demonstration runs with Red Bull Racing across the new Raijiv Ghandi Sea Link bridge in Mumbai – with the event capping a week of F1 celebrations in the Indian capital.

However, Coulthard's demo run could now see him face possible action from authorities after he clocked speeds of up to 160mph on the run.

The speed limit for the event had been set at 60mph, double the normal limit for traffic using the bridge.

“I have asked my officers to submit a report on the event,” Satish Gavai, managing director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, was quoted by the Daily Mail. “Action will be considered only after it is established that the vehicle went beyond permissible speed limits on the sea link.

“If there is anything incriminating it will be handed to the appropriate authorities.”

Coulthard himself apologised for going over the limit.

“I was trying to judge what 60mph would be but I have no speedometer on the car,” he said. “I spent my career driving over 200, so I am sorry if I went over the speed limit.”

Event organisers are also set to lose a £20,000 deposit that had been held as insurance against any speed violations.



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duke998 - Unregistered

October 13, 2009 1:42 PM

A bit rich of the Indian authorities to complain about a speed violation, considering the country's track record concerning road safety!!! It was a demo to give India an idea of the speed and spectacle F1 would bring to the country. Let it be, and stop being so petty!!!

Alan D - Unregistered

October 13, 2009 1:36 PM

F1 cars sound terrible when the speed limiter is on. If the event was staged to promote F1, surely you'd want to hear the magical sound of the full range of an F1 engine. Maybe I'm missing something here, but did he have the bridge to himself or was he having to weave between rush hour traffic. If it was the latter then yes, he should get a ticket, but if the road was closed to the public during the demo (which it surely was), why did they need a speed limit, and who on earth came up with the ridiculous figure of 60mph? Did they know hat an F1 car was when they dreamt up that figure? And this is a country that wants to get on the F1 calendar?



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