Ecclestone calm over Delhi Grand Prix

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The Independent Online

Formula One has no concerns about next year's inaugural Indian Grand Prix despite New Delhi's problems with the Commonwealth Games, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said today.

"No. Different organisation altogether, completely different. I have no worries at all," the 79-year-old Briton told reporters at a sponsor announcement ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

"The people who are making a shambles (of the Games) are not the people who we are dealing with for the race."

India is due to host a Formula One race for the first time next October at a new 5.14 kms circuit being built some 35 kms from Delhi.

The Commonwealth Games, intended to showcase India's growing financial clout, are fast becoming a national embarrassment with participicating countries delaying their arrivals because of concerns over security and the state of the athletes' village.