Local farmers have threatened to protest against at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in an argument surrounding compensation handed out to those who sold land to allow for the new circuit near Delhi to be built.
The new $350 million venue will host its first F1 on the 30 October, but the group of farmers insist they haven't received adequate compensation for the land handed over to race organisers to develop the circuit.
"We are not against the race, but we feel we have been short-changed in the deal," farmer leader Virender Dhada told AFP
. "We will stage protest marches and sit-ins next to the track starting October 23 to ensure our voice is heard.
"We are only demanding what is our right. The authorities have been turning a deaf ear to our legitimate demands. If they are willing to talk to us even now, we will stop the planned agitation."
Event organisers however have played down the threats as nothing more than blackmail tactics from people seeking attention given the media spotlight on India's first F1 race.
"This whole thing is a big joke," an executive for organisers JP Sports said. "People should not be taking these threats seriously. There is so much riding on the race for the company and the country, do you think we will allow a handful of farmers to spoil it?
"We have spent $400 million dollars on the race and we will spend a few millions more if needed to have adequate security in place. We will do whatever it takes to have a wonderful event."