No India GP in 2014 says Ecclestone

July 30, 2013

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that there will be no Indian Grand Prix on the 2014 Formula One calendar.

F1CEO Ecclestone had hinted that the move was likely during the Hungary GP and has now confirmed that the Indian race will return in 2015.

“When we signed the five-year deal with [promoters] Jaypee, generic we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October,” he told the IANS news agency.

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

India is likely to join Australia, Bahrain, China and Malaysia in the flyaway events that feature ahead of the European leg of the season after Ecclestone’s confirmation.

“The second year is always difficult for the organisers,” he said after poor attendance figures last year.

“I really want it to continue, but it all depends on a lot of other factors. The sport is expanding its base every year.”

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