2010 FIA Gala to Be Hosted by New Delhi

If one needed one more example that India is on its way to becoming a force to be reckoned in the world of motor racing, this will probably end it. According to a recent statement from the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the 2011 Formula One world champion will be officially crowned in New Delhi.

What this means is that the end-of-season FIA Gala event which, until this season, was traditionally held in Monte Carlo, will take place in the Indian capital next year. Apparently, we're talking about a one-off, unless the members of the FIA won't decide to make this a regular arrangement for the future.

It is a clear indication that India is now well and truly on the world map even in the motor sport world," said FMSCI president K D Madan, according to the aforementioned statement.

In addition to the Gala event, during which several awards will be handed to several champions in several FIA-sanctioned series, also scheduled at the same time in New Delhi are the last World Motor Sport Council meeting of 2011 and the governing body's Annual General Meeting.

This move complements the one made by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone in recent years, when he pushed for an inaugural Indian Grand Prix as soon as possible. His dream will come true in 2011, as the same New Delhi capital will host the first Indian race in the history of Formula One.

Formula One is not the only big motor racing series that fancies a trip to India on a regular basis in the near future, as it appears also the MotoGP – the premier motorcycle road racing series in the world – is trying to secure an Indian GP as soon as possible.
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