Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed today the Indian Grand Prix will ‘probably not’ be part of the 2014 F1 season.
The F1 supremo is understood to have been pushing for the race to take part earlier in the year in 2015, perhaps as one of the opening ‘flyaway’ events alongside Australia, Malaysia and China – but race organisers insisted they would not be ready so shortly after hosting the 2014 event.
The solution appears to be for the event to miss next season in order to prepare fully for a place in the first half of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
“To have it in October 2014 and again in March or April 2015 would be impossible for us in terms of finances and resources.” said Vicky Chandhok, chief brain behind India’s F1 dream.
“It took a lot of time and resources from F1 and the Jaypee Group to bring F1 to India. Everyone worked really hard to get the permissions for the event to run. Much as some people complain about all the negatives to do with F1, the race has done for India what nothing else has done.”
2014 sees the planned addition of races in New Jersey, Sochi and the revived Austrian event, pushing the planned schedule beyond the 20 race weekends favoured by teams and drivers.