While the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) is still to get the Grade-A certification for hosting its first Formula One Grand Prix next month, the venue has been chosen for yet another motor race to be held in 2012.
According to the schedule released on the Formula One's website, the BIC will host one of the 20 events to be held from October 26-28 next year.
"BIC has got the slot of October for second Indian Grand Prix. It will now be an annual feature. The FIA inspection team was satisfied with work progress and track quality. The first Indian Grand Prix will be held as scheduled this year," Askari H Zaidi, senior vice president of Jaypee Sports India Limited (JPSI), told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
According to the 2012 calendar, a total of 20 races are scheduled next year. The first race will be held in Melbourne, Australia from March 15 to 18. Next year an additional circuit in US would be developed.
As per the FIA guidelines, the race circuit should get clearance before 60, or preferably 90, days of the event. But in case of a new venue, there has been some delay in homologation process in the past.
Last year, the venue of Korean Grand Prix was given Grade-A certification just 10 days before the event.
"FIA team judges the progress of work and only then fix the date near the event otherwise they straightforward disapprove," said Zaidi.
Meanwhile, for first Indian Grand Prix to be held from October 28-30 this year, JPSI has requested for around 1,100 police personnel for providing security to visitors outside the circuit.