Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has “no worries” regarding next year’s Indian Grand Prix.
Delhi’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games has been brought into sharp focus these past few days, in particular due to the condition of the facilities in the athletes’ village.
This week 23 people were injured after a footbridge to the main Jawaharlal Nehru stadium collapsed, whilst part of a ceiling at a weightlifting sports venue also fell in.
Concerns over stadium safety and security have also been aired, notably after two Taiwanese tourists were injured when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a bus in Delhi.
With the Grand Prix due to take place in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi on October 30 next year, there are concerns the venue – as with many for the Commonwealth Games – will not be ready.
Asked if he was worried, speaking at the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore, Ecclestone said: “No, it’s a different organisation altogether, completely different so I have no worries at all.”
When it was put to Ecclestone the Games organisers were making a shambles of their event, he replied: “The people who, as you say, are making a shambles, are not the people who are dealing with us for the race.”