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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