Formula 1

Indian GP in doubt over tax issue

The Indian GP could be dropped from the calendar. (©GettyImages)
The Indian GP could be dropped from the calendar. (©GettyImages).

The future of the the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi is again in doubt as F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone looks to axe two races from the current schedule.

Three new races are planned for 2014 but with a limit of only 20 races, two of the current races will have to make way for the new arrivals in Russia, New Jersey and Austria.

The Korean race appears to be a foregone conclusion, the race on the southern tip of South Korea has made huge losses since its induction onto the F1 calendar back in 2010 and now old issues in relation to the Indian race are putting the future of that race into doubt. 

According to Auto Sport und Motor, the issue of tax in India is what is driving a wedge between New Delhi organisers and Bernie Ecclestone.

The race nearly didn't go ahead in 2011 because of the government's desire to tax teams and drivers based on their high income but the situation was dealt with by Ecclestone and everything went ahead.

Now though, with the issue remaining a thorn in the side of the Indian GP and with space needing to be created on the calendar, some believe Ecclestone will take a tougher stance with organisers and local officials over the issue.

Listening to paddock rumours in Budapest, Auto Sport und Motor's Michael Schmidt reported: "there will be no grand prix this year" if the authorities don't back down from the tax demands.

The reason why the tax issue is only related to India is because the country classes F1 as entertainment rather than a sport, as a result the usual tax waiver that the other countries allow for Formula 1 does not apply to the Indian GP.


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