Mahindra presses for Indian Formula E round

A future Indian round of the FIA Formula E Championship is likely to take place in either Delhi or Chennai, according to Mahindra Racing Team Principal Dilbagh Gill.

Speculation is escalating that a round in India could take place in season four of the all-electric series in 2017-18.

“There are several locations where a race could happen but a lot will depend on the time of the year really because the weather conditions are so up and down throughout the year,” Gill told Motorsport.com in Buenos Aires last weekend.

“The window is typically best in November to January, but it could be difficult in Delhi because of the fog and the light.

"Bangalore potentially could be a venue and Chennai could be a really good option because it has got a strong racing culture and a good track and it could be an interesting location to look at.

“From a logistics point of view, it [Chennai] could make good sense because it has a port and shipping cars wouldn’t be a problem,” he added.

Speak at a subsequent promotional day at Buddh International Circuit, Gill elaborated on the possible Indian ePrix.

“We are working towards that," he said. "What we are trying to do with the demo run, and what [Anand] Mahindra and [Pawan] Goenka said, we intend to bring a race to India.

"We want to bring it as quickly as we can. We are talking with the right people. As long we’ve got the minds behind it, the infrastructure shouldn’t be a problem.

"The promoters know how to host a race, they know how to bring the infrastructure whether, in Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, we won’t have a problem in hosting a race.

“Should it come to India, Mahindra would like to be involved in the promotion,” Gill concluded.

India is a huge potential market for Formula E, with Mahindra triggering an upsurge in its interest, and talks with the goverment to bring the championship to the sub-continent have already commenced.

Additional reporting by Rachit Thukral

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