India promoter confirms F1 designer in Delhi

Tue, 4 September 2007, 01:27

Indian officials have confirmed reports that F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke is currently touring potential grand prix sites in Delhi.

Suresh Kalmadi, president of the prospective promoter of the 2009 event, the Indian Olympic Association, told the local news agency PTI on Monday: “Tilke visited some sites today.

“He will see more sites again tomorrow.

“He will leave the day after and file his report to Mr Bernie Ecclestone.”

52-year-old German Tilke’s company Tilke Engineering has been responsible for all of F1’s recent circuit projects, including in China and Bahrain, and also future venues such as those in Abu Dhabi and South Korea.

F1 chief executive Ecclestone recently wrote Kalmadi a letter in which the promoter was given a September 30 deadline to select a site and sign a binding contract.

“We are closer to getting F1,” Kalmadi insisted.

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