Ecclestone admits that 2014 Indian GP could be dropped

Buddh International Circuit pilane walk during Indian GP weekend

Buddh International Circuit pilane walk during Indian GP weekend

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports that a question mark hangs above India’s Grand Prix.

We reported on Friday that, with teams keen to limit the calendar to 20 races, Formula 1’s chief executive had identified India and Korea as the most likely to go.

“I think there is a consensus about doing 20 races,” Mercedes’ Toto Wolff said in Hungary, following meetings with his fellow F1 chiefs.

“Anything more and you need to ramp up the organisation. So let’s stick to 20.”

The main problem in India is a tax issue, with the government insisting teams and drivers should be taxed at a full rate on their high incomes.

“Is India going to happen next year? Probably not,” Ecclestone admitted, according to Reuters news agency.

He confirmed that the problem is “political”.

The Indian broadcaster NDTV quoted a spokesman for Indian race promoter Jaypee as saying its contract with F1 is until 2015, and that it wants to continue to host the race. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    The Indian Government is having a laugh. Next they will be asking Ecclestone to pay all his Tax in India.

  • Stoner

    Indian politicians are pure opportunist, as a F1 fan from India, we are all helpless.

  • McLarenfan

    I have to say the Indian Government are sounding as bad as the French with regards to TAX. Being honest we also know the money collected will never get to its genuine destination.

  • =El Presidente=

    welcome to the pool of corruption that we call ” Formula-1″

    =India does a great job=

  • Nobody

    Corrupt ppl small fish to big fish :) thats bad as hell