Indian Grand Prix dropped for 2014, will return in March 2015

The Indian Grand Prix will not make an appearance on the 2014 F1 calendar. It has not been entirely dropped however – it is expected to reappear near the start of the 2015 F1 season.

Bernie Ecclestone confirmed the recent rumours, stating that he had always pushed for the Indian GP to take place at the start of the year, but the Jaypee group – which promotes the event – had previously negotiated an October race date for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. The apparent issue is that having two races within 6 months of each other – October 2013 and March 2014 – was unachievable for the circuit.

The 2015 race will be paired with the 4 “flyaway” races at the start of the season, expected to be Australia, Malaysia, China and Bahrain, although the running order is still unknown.

The Grand Prix event has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, after the Indian government refused to grant the event a tax break, and wished to tax 1/19th of the teams’ revenue instead of its profits. Seeing as the majority of F1 teams don’t even post an annual profit, this clearly wouldn’t have resonated well with Ecclestone.

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