Organiser confirms no Indian GP in 2014

2012 Indian Grand Prix podium celebration

2012 Indian Grand Prix podium celebration

Indian Grand Prix organisers on Tuesday confirmed that the race at Buddh International Circuit will not take place in 2014.

Earlier, Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone – under pressure to limit the calendar to a maximum of 20 grands prix – admitted that the race outside New Delhi is the first to go.

With Russia, Austria and New Jersey all scheduled to join the already 19-strong race calendar, former Indian Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok admitted: “Bernie is spoiled for choice.”

“I think F1 is in demand,” added the former HRT driver, whose father Vicky is the Indian motor sport federation boss.

Ecclestone has admitted the government’s tax policy is a problem, but the official line is that a scheduling issue has triggered the need for a one-year race sabbatical.

[Having a 2014 race in October and another early in 2015] was too close,” he told the Indo-Asian News Service. “Therefore, after speaking to promoters, we think it is best not to have a race in 2014 and [rather] have one in 2015.”

Race organiser Jaypee is now confirming Ecclestone’s news.

“If Formula 1 Management wants us to hold our race in March 2015, we don’t have any problem with that,” said managing director Sameer Gaur. (GMM)

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  • Boycottthebull

    This is typically Indian. they want a bigger slice of the money pie without doing any work. They offer a boring unprofitable race that has a poor turn out then demand a collective slice of profits from all the races put together, effectively trying to profit from classic events that have gone on for decades. As if a foreign circuit promoter would ever hand over their profit statements to the corrupt bunch at the Indian Tax office. F1 is better off without India.

  • =El Presidente=

    Amazing that you actually believe that F1 is not corrupted..

    pot.. kettle.. they are all the same buddy.