Time table out for Indian GP

Visa issue is due to incomplete applications, says Vicky Chandhok

The governing body also announced the JK Asia Series and the MRF Formula 1600 Championship will act as support races ahead of the 18th race on the Formula One calendar.

As per the schedule, the first free practice session will be held at 10.00 am on October 28 and the second free practice will start at 2.00 pm and close at 3.30 pm. The third and final practice session will start at 11.00 am and conclude at 12.00 noon on October 29, followed by the qualifying session three hours later.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the first ever F1 Grand Prix in India and intend to make this the most compelling race of the year. The excitement, about the race and the circuit, has built up considerably and our aim is to make this a complete and memorable experience for all our guests,” Sameer Gaur, MD and CEO of Jaypee Sports International said.

JPSI also announced on Friday that over 850 officials, marshalls and stewards will be on duty to assure a safe race, and that around 650 of them will be from the host nation.

Visa issue
Little over a week ago, there were reports suggesting that drivers, team engineers and some of the foreign journalists had problems receiving visas for the Indian Grand Prix.
These reports were, however, quashed by FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) president Vicky Chandhok, who said there were no such problems, and if any, it’s with ‘incomplete or improper’ applications.

“A lot of people asked me about the visas, and everyone seemed to have a problem with it,” said Chandhok. “There isn’t a problem really, it’s about how one fills out forms. They (people applying) have to keep in mind that there is a procedure in place and it has to be followed.”

A source from organisers Jaypee Sports International also said there were no issues with the procedures and that everything will be handled smoothly and in time for the race. According to the report, Mercedes GP driver Nico Rosberg’s visa had been rejected as has half of Hispania Racing Team’s -- Narain Karthikeyan’s team. It also said that journalists were miffed they had to pay more for a journalist visa than for a regular tourist visa and that the entire process had proved to be tedious.

Such was the situation that, FIA’s head of communications Matteo Bonciani, who also had trouble acquiring a visa, warned that if the Indian government took three weeks to process a visa application, almost ninety per cent of the F1 people would not attend the race. 

Chandhok, on the other hand, lauded the government for their support. “There are bigger things to worry about than something that’s not true. I’ll agree that there have been some problems but it’s not to do with the government. They have been really helpful in bringing Formula One  to India and Sports Minister Ajay Maken is also really helping us make this Grand Prix a success,” he said.

Race weekend schedule: October 28: JK Racing Asia Series (practice): 8.45 to 9.15 am; F1 (first free practice): 10.00 to 11:30 am; Delhi Championship with MRF (practice): 12.00 to 12:30 pm; F1 (second free practice): 2.00 to 3.30 pm; Delhi Championship (qualifying): 16.00 to 16.30 pm.

October 29: JK Racing Asia Series (qualifying): 9.45 to 10.15 am; F1 (third free practice): 11.00 to 12.00 noon; Delhi Championship (Race I, 10 laps): 12.25 to 12.55 pm; F1 (qualifying): 2.00 pm; JK Racing Asia Series (Race I, 10 laps): 3.30 to 4.00 pm.
October 30: Delhi Championship (Race II, 10 laps): 11.00 to 11.30 pm; JK Racing Asia Series (Race II, 10 laps): 12.00 to 12.30 pm; F1 (race): 3.00 pm.

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