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Formula One sees India as destination

F1 boss Ecclestone says he would like to hold a round of the World Championships in India in the near future.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2007 17:20 IST

Formula One Management head Bernie Ecclestone has said India is a Formula One destination and that it would be ideal to have an Indian competing in the World championship.

The President and CEO of F1 Management, in a statement, said that he was 'personally enthusiastic' about the prospects of having a round of the Formula One World Championships in India in the near future.

Ecclestone said that when the GP2 series was conceptualised two years ago, it was to create a highly competitive series for drivers as a final stepping stone which prepares them in the best way possible for Formula 1.
"The emergence of a large number of drivers in the F1 pitlane today bears testimony to the strength of the series', Ecclestone said.

He also gave enough indications that Chennai based Karun Chandhok could be the second Indian to get a Formula One seat.

"I have been guiding and suporting Karun in his quest to compete in GP2 as he progresses towards Formula One. This is an exciting time for him and I wish him all the success for the season ahead', Ecclestone said.

The statement also congratulated Chandhok, who has made a foray into the 2007 GP2 series. The GP2 series this year has 13 of 26 drivers in the field, having benefited from F1 experience either in testing or races. The GP2 series (11 events), starting on April 13 in Bahrain, is run as a support race along with Formula 1 on the same days.