'Delhi belly' alert for F1

2011-10-20 13:00

'Delhi belly' is a concern for Formula 1 teams as they head to India prompting teams to avoid eating local foods and drinking tap water.

The term 'Delhi belly' is a colloquialism for falling ill due to sampling local cuisine.

McLaren and Fota boss Martin Whitmarsh warned the media not to "overstate" the risks of racing and eating in Delhi.

Whitmarsh said: "I don't think we should single out India as a particular challenge in that regard."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner added that his crew was running a show car in India and there had been only "one incident of an upset tummy".


"No, we're not taking any additional precautions," said Horner.

Other teams are taking a more cautious approach. A spokesperson for Team Sauber said stomach bugs "could seriously compromise the team's performance if team personnel fall ill".

"This is why so many precautions are being taken," the spokesperson added.

A Toro Rosso spokesperson said: "It's a fact that Europeans often pick up stomach bugs when in India."

Mercedes says its catering team had been deployed to India ahead of time to "source local produce in a new destination".