Chandhok fears 2013 Indian GP could be the last

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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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54 comments on Chandhok fears 2013 Indian GP could be the last

  1. Nimba (@nimba) said on 23rd October 2013, 11:51

    I just hope The Indian GP can be shifted to a slot in the early season (if) when it returns.. somewhere between Bahrain and China or Malaysia as it is the logical thing to do as far as logistics go. Also everyone here by this time must know that as per the 2009-spec rules of F1 it is the early races of the calender that give us the most exciting .. or rather the most eventful of races…Also as there is going to be another overhaul in 2014 who might know what teams start competing at the front.
    India is always seen by the big companies as .. our biggest market.. just like other destinations in Asia.. but why? It is not just that it is your place to just advertise your brands , promotions of new ventures and highlighting the monetary aspects of F1.. it is about bringing the passion of racing to the people of a nation who are rather distanced from it traditionally.
    Vicky Chandhok can out rightly be termed as the “Father of modern Indian Motorsports” but how many people here in India would recognize him for his effort ?? The percentage would be far less than that of Britain which is because countries of the Europe, Americas, Japan, Australia,New Zealand and Europe-bordering Asia have had the taste of Motorsports since a long time now and it is a part of their sporting culture whereas in India the British were not able to leave behind the legacy of any other sport apart from Cricket and that has been dominating ever since.
    Someone ( @lifew12 )here mentioned the poverty in India, I don’t have the stats but if you want to look at the kind of money people pay for watching just 40 overs of cricket, which is additionaly full of “fixing allegations” , would blow your mind away. So it is not a matter of spending money to attend the race or moving out from various locations in India to come to the remote locations near the National Capital Territory of Delhi but it is about association.. Vijay Mallya, Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok were the catalysts for that. For general fans like myself , it doesn’t matter because I can go to a GP because I’ve been following F1 for a long time and am interested in the sport, but for creating a new fan base .. a Force India team just competing in the series is not enough.. Indian drivers paying huge sums from sponsors to get into shit teams is not enough.. we need Winners and everyone here would be smart enough to understand it if there is one good Indian driver in a Mclaren or a Ferrari … or there is a Force India on the front row of the race… The tickets for the GP would be sold in black, such is the power of potential achievements in this country.

    On a parting note.. not everything is gloomy for the future of F1 in India, as my compatriots here might add on to, We have the General Assembly elections in the first Quarter of 2014 and the nation would be voting to end the Corrupt and dark era of the current RULERS of the nation to bring in real democracy and a vibrant PM who understands the nuances of Industrial Revolution for India and there is a great chance that Formula 1 returns to India in 2015, to a place where they are welcomed with even more enthusiasm , not just by the spectators and the fans and the promoters like the Jaypee group, but by the Authorities, the TaxMen, and A government that Funds Motorsports too..coz it is smart enough to know that Formula 1 is a Sport afterall.

  2. Loup Garou (@loup-garou) said on 23rd October 2013, 12:32

    Personally, and I may be biased because I’m Indian, I like the track layout with its long straights and relatively easy overtaking. But it came into being in the wrong era of F1 with these Tyre rules and DRS for orne thing and Vettel’s domination another. In 2011, everone saw how ridiculously easy it was to overtake using DRS on that long straight. I feel that with old fashioned ‘open’ tyre rules and no DRS or similar artificial aids, this track could produce very interesting and competitive races.

  3. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 23rd October 2013, 12:36

    I note that McLaren aren’t bothering to take the rocket red. Probably a safe bet.

  4. Sauber (@mumito) said on 23rd October 2013, 15:34

    Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) was a GP3 Champion. Its really hard for him to adapt to F1. True to say, this three last races he performed acceptably. Daniil Kvyat is not even a champ, he has been sodomized by Facu Regalia all season long (but the two first races). What’s the difference? One excelent unfunded pilot (Regalia) and a wealthy average Joe (Kvyat).
    Facu Regalia, Kamui Kobayashi, Kubika…a lot of good pilots watching F1 every other week…..through SKY.
    Chilton, Maldonado, Pic paying the best tickets you can afford to watch a F1 race.

  5. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 23rd October 2013, 16:08

    On the Kvyat biograohy:

    In 2012 he claimed the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS title following a controversial final-round clash with Norman Nato. Kvyat went into the final race at the Circuit de Catalunya three points ahead in the championship, but when Nato tried to pass him for the lead on lap three the pair collided and retired, handing Kvyat the title.

    Thx to Schumacher, our hero ^^

  6. Sauber (@mumito) said on 23rd October 2013, 21:00

    Money Money……

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