Ecclestone hints 2014 Indian GP still at risk

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Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has indicated next season’s Indian Grand Prix is under threat.

The race made history when it debuted in 2011 as the first to be staged on the sub-continent, but problems have since arisen.

One of the key issues surrounds India’s tax laws as they believe that by hosting a round of the world championship – which this year includes 19 races – they are entitled to tax one-nineteenth of the revenues of the teams.

It is understood that situation will again be resolved before this season’s race in October, but heading into 2014 there is speculation that the promoters have run into financial difficulties.

Just two weeks ago a statement from promoters Jaypee Sports International said reporting of the potential demise of the event was “totally baseless and malicious”. But when asked ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix whether India would be on the 2014 calendar, Ecclestone replied: “Probably not.” Pushed for a reason why, he said simply: “Very political.”

However, Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya insisted: “I’ve no concerns. The promoters are fine with it, the fans, drivers and teams love it, it’s a lovely circuit… I think there can be a good outcome.”