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Vicky Chandhok: 2013 Indian F1 Grand Prix could be last

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2013-Indian-Grand-PrixVicky Chandhok, the president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, concerned that, this weekend’s grand prix at the Buddh International Circuit could be the last held in the country.

2013 Indian GP third event in the country at the Buddh International Circuit, and also already it’s dropped from 2014 calendar even as not confirmed yet for 2015 F1 calendar.

“If it doesn’t come back in 2015, it may never come back at all. That is my concern. Once you lose a race it can be gone forever. Vicky Chandhok told, The Guardian.

“That is why I am calling on everyone in India to make this Sunday’s race an event to remember, so everyone in Formula One will realise that it needs the Indian Grand Prix.

“If we lose it, I would be very disappointed, because it took us 10 years to get the race in the first place. It was in 1999 that Bernie Ecclestone [the sport’s commercial rights holder] first had talks with organisers and sponsors in India.”

Drivers and team principals united to praise the quality of the track and the race was well supported. Last year it went more smoothly. “This time everything is progressing like a well-oiled machine,” Chandhok said.

Chandhok added: “Basically there were two reasons. First, Bernie wanted to switch the race to March but there was no way we could stage two races in five months. Second, everything has become a lot more expensive.”

“This race has been good for the economy for the past two years. Hotels and taxi drivers have been busy and so have other workers. The taxpayers have not been paying for it. It has been a private promoter.

“India is now recognised worldwide as making great technological advances. So F1 makes sense. It is more than just a sporting occasion. It is an event capable of encouraging people all over the world. It is good for India and good for its government.”

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