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Indian GP organizers confirm no race in 2014

Korean might be the next in line to open up a spot to make room for the already set calendar of 20 races for next year.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30th, 2013 (F1plus).- Sometimes, gossip and speculation turn out to become reality. It's been a while since it was reported that few races were on the brink of being ditched to make room for Russia and Austria, and today, Indian Grand Prix organizers confirmed the race will not be held in 2014.

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Earlier, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone - under pressure to limit the calendar to a maximum of 20 Grand Prix - admitted the race outside New Delhi is the first to go.

With Russia, Austria and New Jersey all scheduled to join the already 19-strong race calendar, former Indian F1 driver Karun Chandhok admitted: "Bernie is spoiled for choice.

"I think formula one is in demand," added the former HRT driver, whose father Vicky is the Indian motor sport federation boss.

Ecclestone has admitted the government's tax policy is a problem, but the official line is that a scheduling issue has triggered the need for a one-year race sabbatical.

"It (having a 2014 race in October and another early in 2015) was too close," he told the Indo-Asian News Service.

"Therefore, after speaking to promoters, we think it is best not to have a race in 2014 and have one in 2015."

Race organizer Jaypee is now confirming Ecclestone's news.

"If Formula One Management wants us to hold our race in March 2015, we don't have any problem with that," said managing director Sameer Gaur.

Then we go to the issue of another slot needed, and Korea looks set to join India in F1 exile.

And amid reports Ecclestone will drop the Indian grand prix over a tax issue, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims the other race unlikely to survive beyond 2013 is Korea.

"Apparently," said correspondent Tobias Gruner, "the organizers have run out of money.

"Ecclestone is well known for having little patience if his fees are not paid."

The AFP news agency also reports that Korea is in doubt, saying the organizer "has lost money since it first hosted formula one in 2010, and local authorities are unwilling to cover losses".

Koran GP organizer might next to announce their fate in 2014.

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