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London, October 19, 2011
Andrew Flintoff's advice to Formula One teams visiting India for the country's first grand prix is to fuel themselves on beer and curry. Virgin Racing team boss John Booth bumped into the colourful ex-England, Lancashire and Chennai Super Kings cricketer at Silverstone in July and picked his brains about health and safety.

"I knew he'd been to the Subcontinent on a number of occasions and he said he'd never ever had a problem, just eat lots of curry and drink lots of beer," Yorkshireman Booth told Reuters at last weekend's Korean Grand Prix.

"Bottled beer and street curry. Sounds like a perfect recipe for me. That's like an Englishman's dream that, isn't it?".

Behind the light-hearted banter, and unsurprising advice from a man whose passion for beer and curry is well-documented , there are some serious issues to be addressed as teams venture into what is unknown territory in F1 world.

What the drivers and mechanics eat, how they get safely to and from the circuit and general security measures in a country always on alert for terror attacks must all be considered. "On a personal level you wouldn't even think about it but when you're responsible for 70 people it's a whole new level."