Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Chandhok fears 2013 Indian GP could be the last

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Indian motorsport boss Vicky Chandhok is concerned India’s F1 race won’t come back after its year off in 2014.

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Indian F1 Grand Prix on Sunday could be last, warns Vicky Chandhok (The Guardian)

“If we lose it, I would be very disappointed, because it took us ten years to get the race in the first place. It was in 1999 that Bernie Ecclestone first had talks with organisers and sponsors in India.”

UP government withdraws entertainment tax exemption to F1 (The Times of India)

“Four days before the third edition of India’s F1 race gets rolling at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday sought the Supreme Court’s permission to withdraw its 2011 decision to grant entertainment tax exemption to Indian Grand Prix organizer Jaypee Sports International.”

Di Resta faces uncertain Formula One future (Reuters)

“It’s tough because of circumstances that don’t help drivers that don’t have big funding. The team know knows what I can do. They gave me the tool to achieve what I can.”

McLaren: Hard work ahead with Honda (F1)

Jonathan Neale: “We’d be happy if [Peter Prodromou] was starting first thing tomorrow morning, but we do fully respect Red Bull’s position as we do when we’re recruiting anybody from another organisation.”

Looking beyond the F1 paddock (Carlin)

“There are a handful of drivers in each junior category, racing for various teams that are capable right now of racing in Formula One. That?s not to belittle what it takes to drive in Formula One. That?s highlighting how good these junior drivers are.”


Comment of the day

WillP argues F1’s process of picking tracks for races is back-to-front.

The whole process is backwards.

If a country wants to run an F1 race these days, it needs to build a circuit. The circuit is given some land and it is created within the boundaries of the rules. That?s what we now end up with. Sometimes it is successful, sometimes not so.

In earlier years, a country would apply for an F1 race because it had a track – often a great track. But even if it wasn?t that great, it would often come about through a love of motor sport, an evolution of tarmac through the local terrain.

This is probably overly romantic but there is a point in there somewhere. You can?t force a natural track rhythm and atmosphere.

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