A couple of weeks ago after a tip from a good source I suggested that the Indian GP might end up on December 11, and Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali confirmed today that Bernie Ecclestone has indeed proposed the date.
Bernie is trying to move Delhi to free up October 30 for Bahrain. The problem with the previously suggested date of December 4 is that it is regarded as almost impossible to get F1’s infrastructure into India from the Brazilian GP on November 27.
New races are never scheduled as back-to-backs because of the lack of experience with customs and so on.
The FIA’s end of year meetings – including the F1 prizegiving involving the top three drivers – is due to take place in Delhi the week before the proposed new date…
The other more pressing in problem is that many race team staff members are committed to holidays in December because that’s the only time available.
“What we discussed yesterday was related to the possibility of a calendar that will be presented to the WMSC on Friday [June 3],” said Domenicali, “that will shift the last date not in the first week of December, but the second week. This is quite a tricky calendar, I might say. We need to sort out and see if the logistics of all of this can be sorted out.”
Domenicali said Ferrari is keen to return to Bahrain: “I think that first of all I can speak about Ferrari, Ferrari wants to go to Bahrain for the future, for a long time. We feel Bahrain is a race where F1 has to go. We need to work together with them to see if for the benefit of being there for a really long, long time it’s good to do a choice for this year, or wait and see.”
Meanwhile someone who should know indicated to me that Delhi could do with the extra time…