Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Indian Grand Prix to skip a year in 2014

2014 F1 calendarPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Buddh International Circuit, 2012The Indian Grand Prix will not appear on the 2014 F1 calendar but will return to the F1 calendar in 2015, Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed.

Ecclestone told the Indo-Asian News Service an agreedment had been reached with race promoter Jaypee Group for the event to skip a year on its contract in 2014.

The race is being moved to an earlier slot in the calendar and there were concerns the 2014 and 2015 would have been too close together if that was done.

“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,” said Ecclestone. “We gave in at that time, but now it looks we will have the race early 2015.”

Ecclestone added the Indian race will form part of the opening series of ‘flyaway’ races that includes Australia, Malaysia, China and Bahrain in March and April.

Last week Ecclestone announced the Austrian Grand Prix will return to the calendar next year at the Red Bull Ring.

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  1. At least the March-April racing dates can guarantee little or no Smog around the circuit from the smoke generated by the nearby villages .These past years, North India has been cooler in March-April as compared to the harsh Summers which used to begin in April earlier and also there are some surprise showers throughout this time so can be a higher probability of a wet race than in the October lot. Also October in Delhi-NCR is not so cool now, I personally like to call it the post-monsoon summers, The sunlight is stingy. And as for the festive season, as put forward by the Jaypee group, I don’t think there is any particular time in India when there are no festivities. If October-November has Diwali then March-April has HOLI and I think many people coming for #F1 can enjoy Holi much more than Diwali (Deepawali). Case rested

  2. Joe Saward is reporting in 2015 there will be Mexico, Long Beach and a street circuit in Dubai

  3. Valencia and now India… 2 of Vettel’s best tracks gone! They’ll scrap Korea, Bahrain and Malaysia!

    Need to get rid of Hungary & Barcelona plus make Hockenheim permanent

  4. What I can’t understand is why every grand prix has to be held every year. Some markets simply don’t have the fan base to sustain a grand prix every year. But every other year they just might. Also there are so many countries and cirquits that can and want to organise a GP, but the calander has no room. Why not combine the two and make an alternating schedule every year. So don’t let any grand prix repeat the next year, but the year after that. That way you can out many more gp’s on the calander. It would also mean teams have no recent data on any track. The last set up information they would have would be from a 2 year old car which would spice it up.

  5. I,ve been to India a few times and the way they work is complete chaos, They actually thrive on chaos so its no wonder that the indian govt thinks they need a slice of the cake for F1 to be there. Vodaphone and Cairn Energy have been battling for many years trying to resolve tax disputes. Bernie is quite right to avoid India until the Govt sees common sense and let Jaydee get on with it instead of constant red tape wrapped round them.

  6. I knew that the Indian Grand Prix was not going to last. It was really rather obvious- there is simply no reason to have a race in India if the government there wants to tax the event and its competitors. I don’t think the Indian government wants f1 in India. And the Korean Grand Prix should go too- it was a bad idea to go there and that was obvious the very moment it was announced.

    I have an idea of what the 2014 calendar will look like, assuming the Korean race is dropped and the new races in New Jersey, Austria and Russia work out, and Japan gets an apparent renewal (it is apparently not contracted beyond this year)

    F1 Calendar

    1. Bahrain (March 2)
    2. Australia (March 16)
    3. Malaysia (April 6)
    4. China (April 13)
    5. Spain (April 27)
    6. Britain (May 11)
    7. Monaco (May 25)
    8. Austria (June 8)
    9. United States 1 (June 22)
    10. Canada (June 29)
    11. Germany (July 13)
    12. Hungary (July 27)
    13. Belgium (August 24)
    14. Italy (September 8)
    15. Singapore (September 22)
    16. Japan (October 6)
    17. Russia (October 20)
    18. Abu Dhabi (November 3)
    19. United States 2 (November 17)
    20. Brazil (November 24)

    -There have been apparent reports that Ecclestone wants to start earlier in the year, and that Bahrain is going to be the season opener.

    – Spain generally has the best weather suited for a late April timeframe.

    -Now, I assume this site is mostly made up of users from the UK. I know that Britain has hosted a British Grand Prix in April 2000, and the weather I think should be nice enough for a May timeframe. It’s always traditionally held in late June/early July, but I think a date change like that wouldn’t be so bad. One would think it would be better to hold the race in early June where the Austrian Grand Prix is- but that would mean that it would be held on the same
    weekend as the final weekend of the prestigious motorcycle races on the Isle of Man. The most prestigious British motorcycle races being held at the same time as the most prestigious four-wheel racing event in Britain? That wouldn’t work.

    – The first American race in New Jersey cannot be held on June 15 because of the FIA’s lock of that date for Le Mans’s sake. That’s actually very beneficial to the New Jersey race because the US open golf tournament is held at the same time (June 12-15). And also a prestigious sportscar race, the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, is held on the same weekend as the listed Canadian Grand Prix and that track is only 250 miles away from New York City. So it wouldn’t make sense to hold both American events at the same time.

    1. say round 6 is Austria, Canada round 8 , America round 9 and Britain round 10

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