Formula 1 commercial right holder Bernie Ecclestone and Indian Grand Prix organisers Jaypee Group on Tuesday confirmed Indian circuit will not take part in 2014 F1 season and currently discussing to stage in the first half of 2015.
Early this week media states that, Formula One Indian Grand Prix maybe drop from 2014 season F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has told Reuters. When the source asked what the problem was with the race at Greater Noida, near New Delhi, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone replied: “Very political.”
“When we signed the five-year deal with Jaypee, we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October. We gave in at that time, but now it looks we will have the race early 2015,” Ecclestone, 82, said.
Jaypee, later in the day, more or less came around to Ecclestone’s view. Sameer Gaur, managing director, Jaypee Sports International (JPSI), said that he would have preferred the race in the festive season, but if the F1 management wants it in the beginning of the season, he has no objection.
“October-November suits us weatherwise and it is also a festive season. But if Formula One Management (FOM) wants us to hold our race in March 2015, we don’t have any problem with that,” said Gaur. A JPSI source added that the decision was arrived at after prolonged discussions with Ecclestone.