New Delhi: Will the Indian Grand Prix be a success? Can't say. Will it lead to a huge interest in the sport in the country? Maybe. Will it eventually result in a world class Indian driver? Can't say. Will it raise India's profile as a sporting nation and otherwise? Yes, surely.
There are many uncertainties surrounding the inaugural Indian Grand Prix with the FIA and organisers trying their best to make the world believe otherwise, putting on their mask of unwavering optimism. However, one thing is certain the Grand Prix will truly put India on the global map. Even though India has hosted events like Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, there's no denying that even their international appeal and exposure is very limited. But, with F1, India has finally got an event that will raise its profile and give it global exposure, one of the sure shot benefits of hosting an F1 Grand Prix. It can well be considered the country's first big step towards becoming a coveted destination for sporting events among other things.
Of course, the decision to grant India an F1 GP also indicates the potential of growth and revenue that the who's-who of the sport see here. The country has been recognized as one of the strongest emerging markets and economies and the arrival of F1 attests that. It isn't for nothing that a 10-year race deal has been approved and the F1 honchos are as keen for the race to take place as scheduled as Indian F1 aficionados are eager.