2014 Indian Grand Prix under threat

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Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone admits the Indian Grand Prix could be left off the calendar next year.

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Indian Grand Prix faces axe in 2014 (Reuters)

“Is India going to happen next year? Probably not,” he said at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bernie Ecclestone says Indian GP will ‘probably not’ happen in 2014 (BBC)

“[Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India president Vicky] Chandhok would be not drawn on a potential solution but sources say the answer could be to extend the contract into 2016 so that instead of races in 2014 and 2015, India is skipped next year but then returns in an early-season date in 2015 and ’16.”

India and F1: time?s up? (FT, registration required)

“India was part of the Ecclestone masterplan to portray F1 as a truly global sport. Formula One Management likes the demographic profile of the Indian market ?ǣ under 35, AB social class ?ǣ though there is precious little detail from FOM on the penetration. ‘…over 400 hours of coverage served the Indian market, and, unsurprisingly, the most watched two hours was the Indian grand prix…’ said FOM in its global broadcast support for 2012.”

2014 season set for March 16 start in Australia (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“While Bernie Ecclestone continues to struggle fine tune the details of next year?s F1 calendar the one bit of information the teams have been given is that the season will start on March 16 in Australia.”

Fernando Alonso is reprimanded by Ferrari for making negative comments (The Guardian)

“Asked afterwards what kind of car he wanted for his birthday, the double world champion said: ‘The one the others have’. Asked also what he planned to do over the August break, with the season now at its midpoint, he retorted: ‘I will pray’.”

Hamilton: I can win last nine races with car (The Telegraph)

“Last year I didn?t feel like I had the car to win ten races. This year I feel I have a car that can win ten races. The tyres are going to play a massive part but I truly believe in this car. It feels awesome.”

Title talk too early – Hamilton (BBC)

“When you have a win like this, you get excited and think anything is possible and this shows it is. But it is still too early to say whether or not we can challenge.”

Tony Gaze dies aged 93 (Autosport)

“Tony Gaze, the first Australian to start a world championship grand prix, has died at the age of 93.”

Hungarian Grand Prix: Epilogue (MotorSport)

Ayrton Senna moved heaven and earth to place himself in the best car on the grid throughout the 1980s and early ?90s. Alonso is cut from the same cloth. It?s not that much of a stretch to think he might have some big career thoughts to chew over during this forthcoming summer break.”

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Kimi Raikkonen, Budapest, 2013

Kimi Raikkonen received a skateboard from top skateboarder Rune Glifberg in a promotional event at the world’s largest skate park in Budapest on Saturday.

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Does Luca di Montezemolo’s public scolding of Alonso suggest the Ferrari’s driver is heading elsewhere? @Girts doubts it:

I think that these news more than anything else means that Alonso isn?t going to go to Red Bull. If Montezemolo truly believed that his biggest asset considered leaving the team, he wouldn?t be making such comments, at least not on Ferrari?s website.

As crazy as it might sound, Alonso probably has nowhere to go. Red Bull most likely don?t need a second, more political Vettel. Mercedes already have two top drivers. McLaren’s door might be closed to Alonso forever, given what happened in 2007.

Lotus might be the most realistic option, although the chances that the Enstone team is going to have a championship-winning car in the upcoming years seem to be even smaller than Ferrari’s hopes to build one. Moreover, they still might keep Raikkonen and also decide that one world champion (and one high salary) is enough for a team of their size.

And where else could Alonso go? Ferrari needs him but he probably needs the team even more.
@Girts

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On this day in F1

Mario Andretti won the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring for Lotus 35 years ago today, taking the lead from team mate Ronnie Peterson early on.

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59 comments on 2014 Indian Grand Prix under threat

  1. Rooney (@rojov123) said on 30th July 2013, 14:20

    Reports have come out that India will not be hosting the race in 2014 and will instead be moved to an earlier date from 2015 onwards. Bernie is quoted as saying “When we signed the five-year deal with Jaypee, we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October. We gave in at that time, but now it looks we will have the race early 2015,”
    “It (hosting one race in October 2014 and another in early 2015) was too close. Therefore, after speaking to promoters, we think it is best not to have a race in 2014 and have one in 2015,”
    “There are issues that need to be sorted out in your country. I hope the organisers are able to deal with it at the earliest.”

  2. I like India. The track is pretty fast and the elevation changes are pretty nice.
    Out of the recent additions, it’s definitely one of my favorites.

    The last two races haven’t been quite spectacular but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a pretty good track.

  3. Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 30th July 2013, 16:08

    “I truly believe in this car. It feels awesome.”

    From “shocking” to “awesome” in a day and a half, with no changes to the car in between.

  4. stert said on 30th July 2013, 16:55

    On the onboard view as HAM approaches hes pit stop on lap 51/52 check the dood walking on the grass verge to he’s left just before the pit lane limiter, considering he’s first pit stop when he rode the kirb kicking up dust that’s not a wise place to be during a race.

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