Formula 1

Indian GP axed from 2014 calendar

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Formula 1 president Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the Indian Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2014 calendar.

However, it will not be axed from the sport permanently, as the Buddh International Circuit will resume its’ five-year contract with F1 in the early stages of the 2015 season.

The race, which was first held in 2011, is scheduled for October later this year, and after attempting to move it to an earlier period next season, it was decided that it would be too much of a strain on the race organisers’ resources to host two races in such a short period of time.

It was always likely that at least one race was going to be dropped from next year’s calendar , with Grand Prix's in Russia, New Jersey and the returning Red Bull ring in Austria all being introduced, taking the total races up to 22.

Ecclestone told Indian news agency IANS: "When we signed the five-year deal with [organisers] Jaypee, we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October.

"We gave in at that time, but now it looks we will have the race early 2015.

"It [was too close. Therefore, after speaking to promoters, we think it is best not to have a race in 2014 and have one in 2015,"

He went on to say that he hopes for a better attendance at this year’s race, which will be the sixteenth of the season, after a fall in crowds at last year's event.

"The second year is always difficult for the organisers," he added.

"I hope bigger crowds turn up for the third edition. I really want it to continue, but it all depends on a lot of other factors. The sport is expanding its base every year."

Sebastian Vettel won the event in 2012, beating Fernando Alonso into second and teammate Mark Webber into third.

 

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