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Ecclestone rules out Indian return in 2015

6 March 2014

Bernie Ecclestone says the Indian Grand Prix is unlikely to return to the calendar in 2015 as originally planned.

The race was dropped from this year's calendar, with the official explanation being logistical reasons due to a planned switch from an October race date to a slot early in the season. However, issues with the tax situation – F1 is viewed as entertainment rather than sport by the Indian government and therefore subject to heavy tax – appear to be jeopardising a future return.

"At the moment, India won't be on for next year for sure," Ecclestone is quoted as saying by The Guardian. "Probably 2016 … they're gradually getting over all the bureaucracy with the tax position inside the country and the general finance."

Sameer Gaur, CEO of race organisers Jaypee Sports Internatial (JPSI), issued a statement saying he still hoped to see the race return next year.

"JPSI would not like to react to media reports on F1 Indian Grand Prix not happening in 2015 as we will discuss the situation with the Formula One Management soon and we're hopeful that things will be sorted out," Gaur said.


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