Indian Grand Prix to skip a year in 2014

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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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84 comments on Indian Grand Prix to skip a year in 2014

  1. R.J. O'Connell (@rjoconnell) said on 30th July 2013, 21:05

    Whether or not the circuit itself produces good races or not is irrelevant. India’s the second most-populous country in the world behind China, they have more F1 teams than France, it’s sent more drivers to F1 since 2005 than the United States, Canada, and they can’t secure this event’s long-term future because of politics. That’s funny, because politics didn’t damage the chances of Bahrain losing its race even when it was pretty much known that the state was still trampling over its citizens way after the 2011 cancellation. It didn’t damage the chances of the Russian GP happening next year even as the state is actively discriminating against its LGBT population. Then again, it took until the mid-80s until the sport realized that Apartheid was a bad thing and left South Africa off the calendar even though it had been going on for decades – F1 isn’t exactly a socially progressive sport, sad to say, and the only politics that seem to affect whether or not a country gets a race from one year to the next is the politics involving FOM and race organizers.

    Regardless of that, this is a bad development that India’s future looks shaky. And I know, Buddh Circuit might as well be officially re-christened Sebastian Vettel’s Playground. It hasn’t produced an all-time classic race, but that’s not to say that it can’t. And there are a lot of countries in Europe that don’t have a race right now that probably should – France and Portugal chief among them. On the other hand, this isn’t the Formula One European Championship. I think that F1 should absolutely have a presence in China, India, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Middle East – those places aren’t the third world any more, no matter how much some fans want to believe they are.

    It puts the calendar down to 21 races for next year in the short-term, but in the long-term, this doesn’t look good.

  2. Cristian (@theseeker) said on 30th July 2013, 22:47

    I hope they skip it forever. I also heard that the Korean GP will join this “exile”. One can only hope…

  3. Dizzy said on 30th July 2013, 23:53

    Shame, Its a nice circuit, Fast & technical & popular amongst many of the drivers.
    People complain about Tilke often saying that teams/drivers should have input in track design, Yet they still moan about India which is a circuit designed using Team/Driver input.

    The races held there have been pretty good, Some nice, close scraps for position, Some nice Non-DRS overtaking & overall both have kept me well entertained.

    Also not sure why people believe the circuit doesn’t produce overtaking?
    27 On-Track Overtakes in 2011 & 31 in 2012.
    Apart from the good levels of overtaking there have also been some good, close fights for position in both races.

    Also the same with Korea, People say its a boring track with no overtaking (Again a track most the drivers like, Fast, technical layout thats fun to drive) yet the 2 dry races in 2011/2012 both featured high levels of overtaking (46 in 2011, 33 in 2012).

  4. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 31st July 2013, 3:58

    Maybe the postponing of the Indian Gp to 2015 is a good thing in disguise as it will throw in a bit of unpredictability . As an Indian Fan I am disappointed with people who say it needs more features . Silverstone was adapted from an army bunker and the Nurburgring was a forest . Please give the track some time to mature . As far as the Tilkedrome argument is concerned , Abu dhabi is also very very boring ( I can’t even play it in PC with fun ) . So why not scrap that . It is all about Money . The Indian Government does not waive the taxes ( rightly so ) . It has to become popular with people . We need some good drivers for which we need some organizations who bring talents to the fore for which we need Rich industrialists like Mallaya who do something to develop motorsport in India rather than make profits themselves .

  5. anon said on 31st July 2013, 7:37

    I don’t hate the track but not a fan either. Also, difficult to watch on TV with all that filth in the air.

  6. Nimba (@nimba) said on 31st July 2013, 11:51

    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

  7. William (@william) said on 31st July 2013, 12:21

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

  8. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 31st July 2013, 22:06

    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

  9. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 1st August 2013, 9:18

    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.

  10. Scoobydoo said on 1st August 2013, 14:49

    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.

  11. 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.

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