Indian court to rule on whether Sunday’s race should be cancelled

2013 Indian Grand Prix

Start, Buddh International CircuitIndia’s Supreme Court will deliberate tomorrow whether Sunday’s grand prix at the Buddh International Circuit should go ahead.

Campaigner Amit Kumar has brought a petition before the court claiming the race should not go ahead, arguing the organisers have not paid tax owed on last year’s race.

Kumar previously succeeded in blocking the F1 race from receiving tax-exempt status from the Uttar Pradesh government.

Race organisers Jaypee Sports told the BBC: “Whatever the court says, we are ready to follow.”

The Indian Grand Prix has already lost its place on the 2014 F1 calendar and the political disputes surrounding the race have cast doubt on whether it will return in 2015.

If Sunday’s race were cancelled and not replaced, there would be insufficient points available in the remaining three races for Sebastian Vettel to be beaten to the drivers’ championship or for Red Bull to be stopped from winning the constructors’ championship.

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123 comments on Indian court to rule on whether Sunday’s race should be cancelled

  1. Loup Garou (@loup-garou) said on 24th October 2013, 14:51

    I am originally from India, a country where anything can happen and usually does. More often than not, this is a stunt for someone – and that someone could ne just about anyone in an influential position – to wrangle some opportunistic money.

    Having said that, if the race does get cancelled, I am sure you all know what that would mean. As Rocky would say to Vettel….Weltmeister!

    If it comes to that, would it be the first time a WDC (or WCC for that matter) is crowned due to a cancelled race?

  2. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 24th October 2013, 14:57

    Or how F1 is becoming more mediocre…

    This man has already managed to stike against the organisers once and I that means the cance that it wil get canceled is real. I bet FOM and Bernie are not amused, a canceled race cannot be good for business anyway you look at it. It would also mean Chandhok can forget about getting reinstated in 2015. IF it get’s canceled it’s goodby India

  3. Wayne said on 24th October 2013, 15:11

    The reason the tax hasnt been paid is because the indian gov believe they can tax the entire seasons profits and not just claim a tax for their race like most other contries.

  4. GP won’t be cancelled. Court will ask the Group’s directors to furnish a bond.

  5. Nick (@npf1) said on 24th October 2013, 15:29

    Don’t think it will get cancelled, but it partially depends on if the court wants to show the country doesn’t need F1. I have no experience with India, so I have no idea of the likelihood of them using their power to get a message across. (probably not that high)

    Ending the championship in Court over Taxes would be a potential blow to F1’s image too.

  6. scratt (@scratt) said on 24th October 2013, 15:52

    Expect exactly the same kind of shenanigans if there was ever a race planned in Thailand.
    And, yes, this is simply people trying to make money.

  7. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 24th October 2013, 16:19

    Oh, no! Not my first race live from the track!!

  8. evered7 (@evered7) said on 24th October 2013, 17:10

    I say cancel this GP already. Cannot have this issue every year. Better to remove it off the calendar.

    A stupid campaign when there is a lot of issues everywhere in the country that needs attention.

    I hope it isn’t the dude who banned usage of sun-films in vehicles.

  9. Chris (@ukphillie) said on 24th October 2013, 17:24

    So what. Cancel it then. No one wants to go there anyway.

  10. David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 24th October 2013, 17:38

    Oh please don’t let it be cancelled… that would mean fewer races for Lotus to overhaul Ferrari and Mercedes for 2nd in WCC, which means a lower chance of earning the higher prize money associated with 2nd and thus a lower chance of Hulkenberg getting the Lotus seat! If Vettel gets the WDC that’s alright, it’s virtually decided anyways, but the cancellation of the race will likely have a significant impact on the outcome of the 3-way battle for 2nd in the WCC.

  11. kcarrey (@kcarrey) said on 24th October 2013, 17:50

    retribution for the organisers for forcing farmers to sell their land on a cheap!

  12. David (@mansellsmoustache) said on 24th October 2013, 18:06

    This will get really interesting when they start impounding the cars, team assets etc as a lien on last year’s unpaid ‘tax bill’.

  13. Last minute tax problems in India, human rights issues a week before Bahrain race, get rid of the pair of them.

  14. ThatF1Fanatic (@thatf1fanatic) said on 24th October 2013, 20:03

    If Sunday’s race were cancelled and not replaced, there would be insufficient points available in the remaining three races for Sebastian Vettel to be beaten to the drivers’ championship or for Red Bull to be stopped from winning the constructors’ championship.

    I really hope that isn’t how the Championship is won, that would really be a horrific ending.

  15. Thecollaroyboys (@thecollaroyboys) said on 24th October 2013, 21:37

    This kerfuffle should be a suprise to nobody. Just ask any of the companies still owed money by the Commonwealth Games organisation in India. They are still fighting it out in court years later. As one of the opening ceremonies organizers said:

    INDIA
    I’ll
    Never
    Do
    It
    Again

    Canceling the race will have a much wide impact on India’s reputation as a place do do business, any business. The key things investors want is legal transparency, legislative predictability, and swift resolution of disputes. This would be extremely bad publicity.

    • Loup Garou (@loup-garou) said on 24th October 2013, 22:02

      Canceling the race will have a much wide impact on India’s reputation as a place do do business, any business. The key things investors want is legal transparency, legislative predictability, and swift resolution of disputes.

      Those things in India? Ha, ha, ha! And Ha, ha, ha again! You’re more likely to get snow flurries in the Sahara!

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