BBC Sport is reporting that Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One boss and indicted briber, has said the Indian Grand Prix will "probably not" happen in 2014. The race, which takes place at the purpose-built Buddh International Circuit, is in danger due to a combination of reasons, including Ecclestone's desire to move India from its current slot in October to the beginning of the season, in March or April.

According to the BBC, this is to accommodate a schedule envisioned by Ecclestone that adds races in Austria, New Jersey and Russia, in addition to the current 19-race calendar. Why the shuffle, though? The teams aren't too excited about a longer season, and Ecclestone is hoping that by moving India to the start of the season, with China, Malaysia and the season opener in Australia, he can knock out four of the seven Asia-Pacific-region races in one fell swoop.

This poses a problem for India, though, as it'd be forced to run a race in October of 2014 and then do the whole thing over again in six or seven months. According to the head of India's motorsports federation, Vicky Chandhok, that doesn't give the country enough recovery time, with Chandhok going so far as to say the early season date "would be impossible for us in terms of finances and resources."

There's also a dustup over India's import tax, that could hamper this year's race. The Indian government is attempting to tax teams on their Indian earnings rather than on their profits, which would result in teams having to paying considerably more in taxes.

2013 marks only the third F1 race at the Buddh Circuit. But if Bernie doesn't get his way, and the tax issues aren't sorted, the track could go the way of Turkey's Istanbul Park, another circuit built solely to attract F1, that lasted a mere six seasons before being dropped from the calendar.


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      jurzdevil
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its become extremely difficult for international companies to work in India as of late. My company lost a decent chunk of change doing business there over the past few years. Staying true to US and international anti-bribery laws winds up costing millions in tariffs and delays as assets are held hostage and employees movements severely restricted while in India. We call it bribery in the west but that kind of payment system or gift giving has been their way of life for a long time and now we are forcing them to change to keep up with us. Recipe for disaster. That being that, I can't wait for the New Jersey race next year, hope this and a pairing with Montreal solidifies it on the calender.
      Lynchenstein
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would think that in order to spend millions developing and constructing an F1-spec track, that the host country or whomever builds and funds it should get some kind of guarantee from Bernie and his posse that they will get at least X number of races out of the circuit. I'm sure the track can be used for other things, but certainly nothing as high profile.
      Andrew F
      • 1 Year Ago
      Changing from an October date to one in March or April shouldn't be too hard. Malaysia had the same issue some years back. Sure, having the next race relatively soon may mean less people go for the new slot at the beginning of the season, but it is Formula 1 after all, and I'm sure Indian F1 fans wouldn't mind.