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Ecclestone confirms no India in 2014
30 July 2013
Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the Indian Grand Prix won't feature on the 2014 F1 calendar but will then return the following season.Ecclestone had suggested that such a move could happen
in Hungary and has now confirmed that there will be no Indian race on the schedule next year.
Instead, with Ecclestone preferring to run the race earlier in the season, the Indian Grand Prix will then return in 2015 when the current contract in place for five years will continue.
"When we signed the five-year deal with [promoters] Jaypee, 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.
"It [hosting one race in October 2014 and another in early 2015] 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."
Ecclestone's confirmation is likely to see India join Australia, Bahrain, Malaysia and China in the 'flyaway' events that come prior to the European leg of the season but also signaled a warning that it couldn't take its place for granted in future despite his previous comments on India being important to F1.
"The second year is always difficult for the organisers," he said after attendance figures dropped last year. "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."