The Formula 1 Power Boating race is making a comeback to India 14 years after Mumbai hosted it for the first time back in 2004.

In pics Amaravati to host F1H2O power boat world championship in Andhra
news Sports Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 17:30

Andhra Pradesh’s capital Amaravati is set to host the sixth round of F1H2O World Championship on the banks of the Krishna river from November 16 to 18.

The curtain raiser was held on Wednesday.

Nineteen Formula 1 drivers, nine Formula 4 drivers across 12 countries have arrived in the city, along with 21 large containers carrying 10 Formula 1 boats and 10 Formula 4 boats, from the Krishnapatnam port.

The Formula 1 Power Boating race is making a comeback to India 14 years after Mumbai hosted it for the first time back in 2004.

The race will also see a local team from Amaravati battling for the top honours among the 19 taking part in the competition. Sweden's Jonas Andersson and Erik Edin will be the two key race drivers for the Indian side -- Team Amaravati.

This is also the only F1 event to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Organisers say that this was an Olympic event long ago and that they are trying to revive it.

The 23-km stretch along the Krishna will turn into a carnival site celebrating the best of the sport along with a host of other exciting activities to engage the crowd and showcase the arts, culture and cuisine of Andhra Pradesh. 

On the opening day, the powerboats will have a free practice session, before battling for pole position and the top 12 spots the following day.

On the final day, a knock out will be held wherein the top 6 teams will qualify for the final Grand Prix India and a spectacular parade tour.

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