Start, Buddh International Circuit

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

2013 Indian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. 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.

  2. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
    24th October 2013, 16:19

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

    1. This is a good point — what happens to all those who paid to go? Refunds or “your loss”?

  3. 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.

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

    1. The trouble is they’re already there and set up

  5. 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.

    1. An inside source already told me that they gave the Lotus seat to one Michael Schumacher, so you don’t have to worry about it.

      1. @marciare-o-marcire
        The silly season is supposed to be, well, silly but this is downright absurd; if I remember correctly Schumi has retired from F1 for good so why would he return, especially given his lackluster comeback.

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

  7. David (@mansellsmoustache)
    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’.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. Hahahaha you’re more likely to get those things in ITALY than in India!….
        well, on second thought….

  11. I think that canceling the race would be a massive and very effective statement against internationalization and the detrimental process of global integration which hides behind a facade of commercial interests. Therefore I sincerely hope that the Indian authorities will ruthlessly crush the GP. Who knows, it might kick off a slow process of bringing F1 back to Europe where it belongs. And anyone who doesn’t agree with me is either Indian or lying.

    1. Erm…interesting. You really think a European Championship would be more prestigious than a World Championship? No Thanks.

      F1 belongs on a global stage with athletes from all over the world competing for a World Title. I don’t think returning to a handful of enthusiasts with a bag of spanners and an aristocratic driver with a suitcase of cash driving an old lorry round Europe is ever really going to happen.

      1. Only Europe. Will Europe be able to support/finance it though :) The competition is global and if anybody can’t accept it, he is blind.

  12. If the race is really cancelled, and if it never returned, then wouldn’t Vettel be the only winner of the Indian Grand Prix? I wonder if that’s ever happened before.

    1. Vettel will not only be the only winner of Indian GP but will be the only man to have led all the laps competed on Indian soil. I cant remember of hearing any such record before.

  13. Anyone else feel like slapping the crap out of these negligent Indian Organizers?

  14. Calm down guys! They are into the first Practice and at least that’s a start.

  15. I don’t know why the organizers choose UP out of all the states in India, it would have been better if the track was built in more developed and better governed states like Punjab/Haryana, TN, Karnataka or maybe even Uttarkhand because its a beautiful tourist state with beautiful terrain.

  16. As everything is political in our country their is no surprise that every privately organised events ends up into hiccups. Everyone looks out for issues and wants to drain out as much money as possible making it very political but having said that India on the other hand have a huge youth population who are following as much of Formula 1 as Cricket and know how among the youths are spectacular but sadly youths don’t run this country.We have created a spectacular circuit no doubt about that but parallely very little has been done do promote the sport. Formula 1 needs more time in a country like India and some right political situations(which currently is not). But Formula 1 has a huge potential in India and vice-verse. Is it a sport or an entertainment is actually a political debate between various ******* in our government who similarly screams about IPL being a celebrity event rather than a sporting event. Hence I am not worried about it.I would have been worried if our famous sporting figures would have called it so but that has never been the case. Hence I wish days will change and will again have this race here and also in the distant future with a potentially good Indian F1 driver driving a front end car.
    I am sure and hopeful that the effort made by the Jaypee group and the Indian Motorsport federation will not go in vein.

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