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Coulthard may face trouble over Mumbai speeding incident

David Coulthard drives a Red Bull F1 race car across the Bandra-Worli Sea Link Dridge in Mumbai on Sunday.

David Coulthard drives a Red Bull F1 race car across the Bandra-Worli Sea Link Dridge in Mumbai on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: SHASHI ASHIWAL

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Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) would consider action against organisers of the exhibition event where British former F1 racer David Coulthard drove a Formula One car on the Bandra-Worli sealink allegedly beyond permissible speed limits.

“I have asked my officers to submit a report on the event. Action will be considered only after it is established that the vehicle went beyond permissible speed limits on the sealink,” MSRDC Managing Director Satish Gavai said.

On reports that the organiser ‘Raging Bull’ stands to forfeit Rs 14 lakh deposit for the event for violation of speed norms, Gavai said “we will come to that after we receive the report.”

Coulthard, who started from the Bandra end, reached a top speed of around 265 kmph despite MSRDC warning him not to cross the 100 kmph limit.

Red Bull paid Rs 35 lakh to MSRDC of which Rs 21 lakh was to compensate for the day’s toll collection on the sealink and Rs 14 lakh as deposit in case of an eventuality like an accident or damage to the structure.

Speeding beyond 100 kmph on the link’s curve could result in a vehicle losing its balance due to the centrifugal force, MSRDC sources said.

The sealink is designed to allow speeds of only up to 100 kmph. Presently, motorists are not even allowed to go beyond 50 kmph but gradually, the permissible speed would be increased to 80 kmph, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Coulthard said “I have been driving over 200 kmph all my life. It is difficult to keep my speed below 100 kmph.”

The sealink was inaugurated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on June 30 and has been highlighted as a major achievement of the Congress-NCP alliance government, ahead of the Assembly elections

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