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The Asian push in F1 keeps growing stronger. After reports of Singapore edging closer to signing a deal with Bernie Ecclestone, and South Korea set to join the calendar for 2010, efforts to establish an Indian Grand Prix are firming up.

The plans for an F1 race in India hadn't been getting off the back-burner as potential organizers couldn't agree on a site on the subcontinent, not unlike the deadlock that kept F1 out of the US until its return at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now Ecclestone seems confident that Delhi is the right place.

The new Asian grands prix in India, Singapore and Korea would be joining Turkey, Bahrain, Malaysia, Japan and China, bringing the number of races in Asia up to eight, the same as the number of European races on the 2007 calendar. That'd be a radical departure for a race series that has been heavily Euro-centric for decades, but Ecclestone is keen to bring F1 to new markets and Asia's where it's at.

[Source: F1i.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Come on guys, can we please post a better map of india? This is still not the stone age. That map is insulting.

      The F1 in india should have been in the southern city of hyderbad if not for a switch in the govt. The new govt there decided for some god only knows reason that they didn't want all the bang for the buck they would get.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Indian map is incorrect.

      Look carefully at the northern part

      For correct Map see these links
      http://www.censusindia.net/india.html
      http://worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/asia/lgcolor/incolor.htm

      Just FYI
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone who has ever driven in Delhi knows the most adventurous drivers in Delhi the day the race is actually held WON'T be the ones on the track. Just look to the highways for the Punjabi truckers for that honor!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, Autoblog. I'm deeply offended by this mistake on the map of India...oh wait, who cares? Mayank Garg, Prasad Reddy & Baysharam will now be the Autoblog international quality control consultants. All articles containing maps of non-American countries will be filtered by these people. Thank you for understanding.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd like to apologize to anyone who might have been offended by the map we had to go with this post before. I pulled the map off of CNN and hadn't double-checked it for geo-political accuracy before posting. As a poli sci major, I ought to be ashamed. I'm sure I'd be at least as upset if the situation were reversed. As you can see, I've updated the image with a more up-to-date map. (Hope we don't end up offending Pakistanis now!) In any event, thanks to everyone who so respectfully submitted their objections, and sorry for the mistake.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Noah Joseph,
      What ever I wanted to convey is already conveyed in comments 1 through 3. I would appreciate an update from you in this regard (and a correct version of map on your post above). Thanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As the posters above have pointed out, the map of India is horrendously incorrect and is demeaning to say the least.

      I realize that mistakes occasionally occur, but this is very shoddy journalism – an arrogant disregard to facts. Perhaps a quick jaunt to one of the links posted above, and a quick switch of the map is in order?

      As a long time Autoblog reader I am indeed very disappointed. I hope this will be fixed soon and an apology is made for this glaring error.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love your auto coverage and read it everyday..
      But, I must protest to autoblog posting wrong map for any country let alone India.

      I respectfully request that you fix the photo in the post or remove it.. Thank you,
      • 8 Years Ago
      Autoblog, good automotive coverage as always. However, I did notice the "outline" you have displayed of India seems to be missing its part of Kashmir. I know this is not a geo-political blog...but thought I'd pitch in my 0.02 cents. Happy motoring all :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm an avid Autoblog reader and this post brings some excellent news to its South East Asian readership too. However, as posted by people above, the map is incorrect to say the least. Also the map misses the most conflicting area of interest in India, Kashmir. Please correct this map as soon as possible. Any delay in this matter will show a lack of respect for journalism.

      Thanks