This weekend’s Indian Grand Prix unlikely to be cancelled

Vicky Chandhok with Bernie Ecclestone

Vicky Chandhok with Bernie Ecclestone

High ranking Indian motorsport official Vicky Chandhok has played down the chances that this weekend’s Grand Prix could be called off.

A supreme court judge will on Friday hear a petition filed by a campaigner to cancel the Formula 1 race because of unpaid entertainment taxes.

“We will wait for the court’s directive,” a spokesman for race promoter Jaypee said.

“Whatever the court says, we are ready to follow.”

But Chandhok, the father of ex Formula 1 driver Karun, said petitions like this are customary in the Indian democracy.

“Personally, I don’t think it will affect the event at all,” he is quoted by the Mirror newspaper.

In the Guardian, he added: “I don’t think it endangers the race in any way whatsoever.

“People who live in this country learn to deal with these things. It is not something that is worrying.

“Generally, judges will not grant an injunction for a sporting event to be stopped. Sport has to continue and the rest of it can be dealt with later on,” he insisted.

However, in the unlikely event that the race is scrapped, Sebastian Vettel would be crowned World Champion, because there would not be enough races left in 2013 for Fernando Alonso to chase down his points deficit.

The bigger question is whether Formula 1 will return to India in 2015, as the unpopular grand prix destination has been left off next year’s bustling calendar.

“You know,” Force India team owner Vijay Mallya told CNN, “Bernie [Ecclestone] is a good friend of mine and I have tried to persuade him that India has a market that should not be ignored.

“I would be very, very disappointed if India fell into the category of [having] being [on] the Formula 1 calendar and then being permanently [off] the calendar,” he said. (GMM)

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