Formula 1 will gradually match cricket in India: Ecclestone

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone walks in the paddock at the Buddh International Circuit Getty Images

Greater Noida: Oct 30, 2011

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone Sunday said the sport will gradually match the popularity of cricket in India, adding he was satisfied with the organization of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

“F1 is as popular in India as cricket in France but things will improve drastically in the years to come. The media coverage has been overwhelming and people here want to know more about the sport,” Ecclestone told IANS at the paddock area of the Buddh International Circuit.

Ecclestone, who celebrated his 81st birthday Friday, said there are bound to be a few first time glitches but the oganisers of the Indian Grand Prix have done a decent job.

“There will always be issues for the first time but Jaypee has done a great job in building this fantastic circuit,” said Eccletsone.

When asked about a stray dog coming on the track while the Friday practice session was underway, Ecclestone said: “It should not have happened but it is not a big thing. It happened in Turkey as well.”

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