And then there were 20! Bernie Eccestone confirms that new Indian Grand Prix will extend 2011 calendar

The Formula One calendar will be even busier next season with the addition of an Indian Grand Prix.

There will now be 20 races in 2011, as the sport continues to defy the worldwide recession and grow further.

Commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone confirmed there would be an Indian race, and also said he wanted further expansion.

'We are not dropping anything. [It's] 20 races - getting ready for 25,' he insisted.

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Ecclestone also said the Chinese Grand Prix would continue in 2011, despite poor attendances expected again in Shanghai this weekend.

An initial seven-year deal ends on Sunday, but Ecclestone said: 'We're happy with everything. No dramas... the contract is ongoing here and it will go on. It is a rolling contract.

'They are not promoting it properly; it is as simple as that.


Here to stay: Ecclestone said he was happy with the Chinese Grand Prix despite poor attendances

'The people that run the place ought to do a bit more. If you were in Shanghai you wouldn't even know there is a race here.

'It is a shame because the whole venue is super, everything is good.'

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