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Oct 27, 2012

Motor racing-Indian GP moves on from the dog days of 2011

GREATER NOIDA, India, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The dog days are over and the dust has also settled for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix on its second appearance on the Formula One calendar.

Last year’s inaugural race at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) was dogged by feral hounds on the dusty track during practice and teething problems in a paddock that was far from finished.

Oct 26, 2012

Indian ministry irked by Ferrari’s flag gesture

GREATER NOIDA, India (Reuters) – India’s foreign ministry condemned Ferrari on Friday for putting the Italian navy flag on their cars at the Indian Grand Prix in what was seen as a political gesture of support for detained sailors.

Ferrari said it was simply a tribute to “one of the outstanding entities of our country” although they also alluded in a statement to the two Italian navy sailors charged with killing Indian fishermen.

Oct 26, 2012

Motor racing-Indian ministry irked by Ferrari’s flag gesture

GREATER NOIDA, India, Oct 26 (Reuters) – India’s foreign ministry condemned Ferrari on Friday for putting the Italian navy flag on their cars at the Indian Grand Prix in what was seen as a political gesture of support for detained sailors.

Ferrari said it was simply a tribute to “one of the outstanding entities of our country” although they also alluded in a statement to the two Italian navy sailors charged with killing Indian fishermen.

Oct 24, 2012

Hamilton breaks the silence with mentor Dennis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has spoken to former team boss and mentor Ron Dennis for the first time since the 2008 Formula One world champion’s switch to Mercedes was announced last month.

Hamilton, who has signed a three-year deal to drive for the German manufacturer from next year, said he had visited the McLaren factory in Woking on Friday but there had been no big farewell speech.

Oct 24, 2012

Motor Racing-Hamilton breaks the silence with mentor Dennis

NEW DELHI, Oct 24 (Reuters) – McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has spoken to former team boss and mentor Ron Dennis for the first time since the 2008 Formula One world champion’s switch to Mercedes was announced last month.

Hamilton, who has signed a three-year deal to drive for the German manufacturer from next year, said he had visited the McLaren factory in Woking on Friday but there had been no big farewell speech.

Oct 2, 2012

India GP targets long-term success

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The success of last season’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix has convinced organisers they can build both a long-lasting legacy within Formula One and break even on their substantial outlay within “five to seven years”.

Jaypee Sports International Ltd (JPSI) raced against time to get the $450 million (278 million pounds) Buddh International Circuit ready for motor racing’s most prestigious series last October with the event running smoothly after some early teething problems.

Oct 2, 2012

Motor racing-India GP targets long-term success

NEW DELHI, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The success of last season’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix has convinced organisers they can build both a long-lasting legacy within Formula One and break even on their substantial outlay within “five to seven years”.

Jaypee Sports International Ltd (JPSI) raced against time to get the $450 million Buddh International Circuit ready for motor racing’s most prestigious series last October with the event running smoothly after some early teething problems.

Sep 13, 2012

India’s 2022 World Cup goal: a pipe dream

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Nobody said it to his face but when All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel said last week India’s goal was to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, his sunny optimism bordered on grim absurdity.

With FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke sitting next to him, the AIFF chief announced it minutes before signing a 10-year agreement with soccer’s governing body to develop the game in the world’s second most populous nation enamoured otherwise with cricket.

Sep 13, 2012

Analysis: India’s 2022 World Cup goal – a pipe dream

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Nobody said it to his face but when All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel said last week India’s goal was to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, his sunny optimism bordered on grim absurdity.

With FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke sitting next to him, the AIFF chief announced it minutes before signing a 10-year agreement with soccer’s governing body to develop the game in the world’s second most populous nation enamoured otherwise with cricket.

Sep 13, 2012

Soccer-India’s 2022 World Cup goal: a pipe dream

NEW DELHI, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Nobody said it to his face
but when All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful
Patel said last week India’s goal was to qualify for the 2022
World Cup finals in Qatar, his sunny optimism bordered on grim
absurdity.

With FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke sitting next to
him, the AIFF chief announced it minutes before signing a
10-year agreement with soccer’s governing body to develop the
game in the world’s second most populous nation enamoured
otherwise with cricket.