NEW DELHI - India hopes a successful, glitzy Formula One race this weekend will prove it can host a high-profile international sporting event after all.
Rock group Metallica and pop star Lady Gaga are among those booked to perform during the weekend as India welcomes Formula One for the first time at the $400 million Buddh International Circuit outside the Indian capital.
Organizers are hoping the event runs smoothly to justify the huge costs in a country with a gross domestic product per capita of only $1,477.
But as India looks to bury the bad memories of the organizational chaos at last year's Commonwealth Games, there have been hitches already at the Grand Prix. They include frequent power failures and the suspension of Friday's first practice session because of a dog on the track.