New Delhi has moved another crucial step closer to arriving on a formula one calendar of the very near future.

With a project that is already supported by Bernie Ecclestone and private investors, it is reported that the exclusive designer of grand prix circuits recently made a visit to the Indian capital city.

Indeed, Hermann Tilke has stopped off in Delhi "six times" in the recent past, according to the newspaper Times of India, and the latest was to inspect the proposed street circuit layout in an area known as Rajpath.

"We'd like to position Delhi as a street circuit," the German is quoted as saying.

"We think it's a perfect track for F1 racing."

Tilke also revealed that formula one officials have already met with Delhi's chief minister Sheila Dixit, and "(we) will be meeting her again to further discuss the matter," he added.

The inaugural Indian GP could then be held in 2009.

Source : GMM