Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says there is no concern about whether the new circuit in Delhi will be ready in time for the inaugural race later this year.
The event could be moved to the season finale in December in an attempt to fit a rescheduled Bahrain race onto the calendar, with a final decision on whether that race will take place due to be taken in the next week.
The news that the Delhi race could be the one to move immediately raised questions that the decision could be taken to give organisers more time to prepare but Mallya insisted that everything was on schedule to be completed in plenty of time for the race.
“The track is almost ready and will be ready well in time,” he said. “The recent press reports apparently quoting Bernie saying that if Bahrain is re-instated then the Indian Grand Prix may actually be pushed back to December obviously raised a lot of questions at home. But whether it is October 30th, as scheduled, or later in the year we are ready and quite happy with the progress the promoters have made.
“There are no issues on whether the track will be completed or not. That track will be ready well in time. There's a huge amount of interest. I can tell you that people are already clamouring for tickets and it's a major step forward in Indian motor sport and sport in general in our country, so everybody is looking forward to it. Whether it's October 30th or December 4th - I believe that's what the media report said – really doesn't matter to us. In fact, in December the weather is cooler in India and Delhi in particular so it shouldn't impact the race in any way.”
If the Indian race was moved to a December date it would mean a late end to the current season and McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh admitted it would be tough on those involved in the sport.
“I think it's tough on the team, simple as that,” he said. “I think the teams will go to the races that are on the calendar, that's for sure, but I think it makes it a very long season. The guys started working very hard in mid-January, building cars to go testing and it will make it a very, very long season for them.”