Second Indian GP circuit?
LONDON, England - A consortium involving the designers of London's 2012 Olympic Stadium and Silverstone's new layout have won a contract to plan a Formula 1 circuit in Mumbai, India.
The consortium has been appointed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation to prepare "the master plan and business case for a new multi-purpose race circuit and regeneration project in Mumbai (Bombay).”
India is gearing up for the country's first F1 race this weekend at the new Buddh International circuit not far from New Delhi.
The consortium said its initial task was to identify the potential location for a circuit and associated development in and around Mumbai.
Company Capita Symonds said: "This will be followed by the development of a business case and plan that will assess market demand and the potential opportunities and risks for the sites."
The consortium said it would work closely with F1's governing body, the FIA, and motorcycling's world body the FIM to ensure the scheme met the requirements of both for future events.
Capita Symonds business development director Jerry Muscroft said: “Comprehensive analysis and assessments will be undertaken considering long-term financial, social and environmental viability"
"We are committed to delivering the next generation of racing circuits, with great racing, overtaking, world-class facilities and architecture but above all the intention is to create a sustainable venue that will not need continuous financial support and will facilitate investment and re-generation."