Hot on the heels of the announcement that businessman Vijay Mallya is to take control of Spyker comes the news that Formula One Management has approved two potential sites for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2010.

Both sites are on the outskirts of New Delhi - at Sohna, near the industrial centre of Gurgaon, and the new development of Greater Noida - and the FOM has said that it is happy for the race promoter, the Indian Olympic Association to make the final decision as to which will be used after F1's official track designer, Hermann Tilke inspected both earlier this month.

"We'll be signing the contract for 2010," Tilke confirmed to sportbusiness.com, "The month is not finalised, but it could be March - for the first race - or after the Bahrain Grand Prix."

India has been on the waiting list for a grand prix for some time, but earlier proposed venues failed to get off the ground, stalling its progress and allowing the likes of Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Valencia to steal a march in getting onto the calendar. However, the IOA announced in June that it had received a letter from Ecclestone's FOA confirming that a race could be staged as early as 2009, although the deadline has since been extended to allow for the approval of potential venues.

"The contract will be for a minimum of ten years," IOA president Surish Kalmadi revealed, "and we have to work out how to utilise the track round the year."

Confirmation of the race and the potential sites comes just weeks after United Breweries and Kingfisher Airlines boss Mallya confirmed that he would be taking a 50 per cent stake in the ailing Spyker team. The millionaire confirmed that the rebranded operation would have a strong Indian influence, although he stopped short of confirming that an Indian driver would feature in its first line-up. The country's run of news, however, continued on Sunday when Karun Chandhok won the GP2 Series sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps.

 

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