India gets opportunity to host F1 race in Oct 2011

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Paris/New Delhi, Sep 9: The schedule of the longest 2011 Formula 1 racing season unveiled on Wednesday, Sep 8 features Indian Grand Prix for Oct 30, 2011. Yes, that's right, F1 comes to India provided the circuit near New Delhi is ready in time.

In an opportunity that could give a major boost to the country's motor sport sphere, India has been handed over a chance to host its inaugural Formula 1 race in Oct 2011.

The World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday, Sep 8 released the schedule for the 2011 Formula 1 season, which is set to be the longest one in the sport"s history with a total of 20 races.

2005 and 2010 have been the years with the longest seasons so far with 19 races each.

The Indian Grand Prix will be part of this historical season provided the circuit being built near the national capital gets completed and passes the final inspection before the scheduled time - July 2011.

The 2011 season opener will be held at Bahrain on Mar 13, 2011. Brazil will be hosting the final race on Nov 27, 2011.

Here is the 2011 International Automobile Federation (FIA) Formula 1 World Championship calendar:

March 13, 2011 - Bahrain
March 27, 2011 - Australia
April 10, 2011 - Malaysia
April 17, 2011 - China
May 8, 2011 - Turkey
May 22, 2011 - Spain
May 29, 2011 - Monaco
June 12, 2011 - Canada
June 26, 2011 - Europe
July 10, 2011 - Great Britain
July 24, 2011 - Germany
July 31, 2011 - Hungary
August 28, 2011 - Belgium
September 11, 2011 - Italy
September 25, 2011 - Singapore
October 9, 2011 - Japan
October 16, 2011 - Korea
October 30, 2011 - India (Subject to the homologation of the circuit)
November 13, 2011 - Abu Dhabi
November 27, 2011 - Brazil

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