In a condemning retort to the unease of doing business in our nation, the Indian Grand Prix has been dropped from next year’s calendar. FIA overlord Bernie Ecclestone has made an official statement regarding this.
Though there was intense speculation regarding the teething tax problems faced with the Indian authorities, Mr. Ecclestone has, however, expressed that the organizer stayed away from the event because of an already packed race schedule. According to sources, FIA wanted to hold the Indian Grand Prix sometime during March. Other events at the Buddh International Circuit were to be accommodated by the private owner during the remaining time period.
Things didn’t work out, and Jaypee got the right of its way to hold the race in October. Though it is being mentioned in media circles that it doesn’t make sense to organize two races within a span of six months (October, 2014 and Late March-2015), it is evident that FIA had been put off by the ubiquitous chaos that grips business processes in the country. On top of that, they probably wanted to wrest control back from Jaypee Group who had been getting their wish of holding the race in October, granted comfortably for two consecutive years.
Though the Indian Grand Prix will be back in 2015, it is a big setback to the already dented image of the country. It is an even more saddening prospect for the country’s speed fanatics.
The dropping of the Indian leg paves way for the Russian Grand Prix in 2014. Though Ecclestone has made it clear that the five year contract with Jaypee isn’t terminated, he has made a strong pitch for solving the current issues that shroud the Indian Grand Prix.