India In The Firing Line

The Indian Grand Prix could be set to lose its place on the Formula One calendar.

F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone was asked about India’s place on the F1 calendar next year and he replied with: “Is India going to happen next year? Probably not,” He said this weekend in Hungary. When asked why it was in danger, Ecclestone said the Grand Prix was “very political”.

The comments come amid the need to lose two races from the 2014 calendar. With the introduction of the New Jersey, Russian and Austrian rounds, it brings the total tally of races to twenty-two, although Ecclestone maintains a season will never have more than twenty races.

Last month, Indian GP promoters moved to cement the track’s position on the calendar, but now it looks like India, which has held a race since 2011, not be hosting a Grand Prix in 2014. The Korean Grand Prix also looks at risk due to its poor ticket sales, but Ecclestone has not commented either way.

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