Ever since the confirmation of the Red Bull Ring, the Russian GP and New Jersey GP, the the fate of the 'lesser' GPs in doubt.

The Jaypee Group, owners of the Buddh International Circuit, have more than once urged that they have a running contract till 2015, and there would be an Indian GP every year. 

However, Formula One Chairman Bernie Ecclestone, when asked after the Hungarian GP, had this to say: "Is India going to happen next year? Probably not,". This casts a very gloomy shadow over the first and only South Asian GP.

October 2011, and all eyes (at-least those that followed F1) were on India, in particular the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. The BIC, designed by the world renowned, German architect and racetrack designer, Hermann Tilke, had been positively received and appreciated for it's  high-speed layout and challenging corner combinations.

And, although there were a few hiccups and bumps, the first ever Indian Grand Prix was a success. Formula One had once again, brought the world a little more closer. 

The second GP was also a success, although marred with various controversies. Ferrari, in support of the Italian Marines being tried by the Indian Courts for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen, displayed the Italian National Flag on the car's nose. Although, Ferrari later declined any political motives behind the act, the issue was taken very seriously by the Indian Ministry.

There were lots of spinning and lack of grip, due to the fact that the track is very sparsely used the rest of the year, which meant almost no rubber deposition. Add to that, the (in)famous insurgent dogs at the track, and the GP was in some bad light. The ticket sales were also a little disappointing, having dropped from 95,000 the first year to a meagre 65,000 the next.

The amount of paper work involved for clearing the Indian Customs was also heavily criticised, with Ferrari (once again), claiming that the heavy paper-work involved rendered them unable to bring in important new updates, which cost them a win here.

India as one of the rising powers in the World, has all the resources and facilities to host a World Class event; along with enough economic pulls, that can ease the monetary woes of the FIA. However, the unique diversity of India, and the complex neighbourhood of S. Asia makes it tough for the Indian Authorities to cut any incoming party, some slack.

Sahara Force India Team owners: Dr Vijay Mallya, and Mr Subrato Roy, would be expected to throw their weight behind the Indian GP. This coupled with the huge market potential in the sub continent, makes the Indian GP very critical to Formula One and it's future. The only mid-way here, hence is to up the 20 race per season cap set by the Teams and Manufacturers. 

 

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