Indian Motorsports Head Chandhok Says Upcoming Indian F1 Grand Prix Could Be Last
Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India President Vicky Chandhok "has warned that this weekend's grand prix at the Buddh Int'l Circuit (BIC) near Delhi could be the last held in the country," according to Paul Weaver of the London GUARDIAN. The race "has already been dropped from next year's provisional schedule and, although a return has been planned for 2015, nothing has been finalised." Chandhok said, "If it doesn't come back in 2015, it may never come back at all. That is my concern. Once you lose a race it can be gone for ever." A "combination of India's declining economic situation and increased competition from other countries led to India dropping off next year's itinerary." The future of the Indian GP will be decided between F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone and the sponsors Jaypee Sports. Ecclestone said in the summer, "We think it is best not to have a race [in India] in 2014 and have one in 2015. We will have to club India with the four rounds in the Asia Pacific region." Chandhok "would like to see the government get involved." He said, "The government should take a look because the Indian Grand Prix is good for the country and is now a wonderful facility" (GUARDIAN, 10/22).