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Indian GP has no future in F1

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This weekend the Indian Grand Prix is set to bid farewell to the F1 calendar amid a number of reports highlighting the problems teams and drivers are facing.

Though the race is only set to take a sabbatical, returning in 2015, previews coming from journalists in India are painting a bad picture ahead of the racing that begins on Friday.

Autosprint journalist Alberto Antonini began his coverage of the Indian GP by talking about slums and local equality before mentioning the tax, custom and financial issues forcing the race off the schedule.

"We have missed an opportunity," Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn, an Austrian who was born in Dehradun, is quoted as saying.

"We have not been able to sell F1 well enough in these parts," she admitted.

Antonini continued claiming locals were too poor for tickets, while the race is a "nightmare" for teams and drivers.

McLaren's engineers and mechanics are staying at the local Hilton hotel, one of the teams sponsors while the drivers are staying at the Jaypee Greens resort built in conjunction with the F1 facility.

"The Hilton is really nice and the people are friendly and helpful," Jenson Button's manager Richard Goddard told the Daily Mail.

"But perhaps as the hotel is new, there has not been enough allowance made for the amount of mosquitoes in the area."

McLaren spokesman Matt Bishop said staff have been issued with "powerful mosquito repellent spray".

Normally when you are about to win your fourth world championship you would have your family with you, however only Sebastian Vettel's father Norbert has made the trip to India to likely see his son wrap up the championship.

"India is a bit far away to visit for only one race," his father Norbert told the Kolner Express newspaper.

Meanwhile Vettel himself is taking all the precautions he can by not using the local ice or eating the local fruit and salad.

"To kill germs, he gargles with high-proof whiskey," the report revealed, adding that Mercedes' Nico Rosberg "dodged a cow" on a highway on Wednesday.

"Nothing unusual," the German driver Tweeted. Kaltenborn, however, thinks Rosberg has dodged his last farm animal.

She is quoted by Spain's AS newspaper: "I think that once a country leaves (the calendar) it is very difficult to come back again, especially when we have not been able to establish the sport here.

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