McLaren defends use of mosquito infested hotel

Hilton hotel. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Tuesday 25 October 2011.Oct.27 (GMM) Jenson Button’s manager has admitted he is concerned about McLaren‘s accommodation for the Indian grand prix weekend.

Mosquitoes are a problem at McLaren’s hotel, particularly with hundreds of New Delhi locals having contracted the deadly Dengue fever.

McLaren is staying at the Hilton, which is a sponsor of the British team.

“The Hilton is really nice and the people there are friendly and helpful,” Button’s manager Richard Goddard is quoted by the Daily Mail.

“But perhaps with the hotel being new, there has not been enough allowance made for the amount of mosquitoes in the area.”

Reports say the hotel is situated near an area of standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

But McLaren spokesman Matt Bishop insisted that the hotel is “excellent, luxurious, comfortable”, adding: “Mosquitoes are a hazard of life all over India that Indians learn to live with – just as Scottish highlanders cope uncomplainingly with midges, for example.”

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