There may be some good news for Indian Formula One fans with news coming through that the Indian Grand Prix could return to the Formula One race calendar in 2016, an official from the former race promoters Jaypee stated that they are trying to do their best to hold the race by the year 2017.
According to a senior official, who spoke to the Indian agency PTI, Jaypee, the organizers have been working hard to ensure that the Formula One circus does return to India.
“Recently, our top boss Sameer Gaur had a meeting with Bernie Ecclestone in Sochi on bringing the race back to India,” he said. “They had a fruitful discussion, and if everything goes accordingly, then the Indian GP should go once again in 2016.”
Formula One supremo, Bernie Ecclestone also confirmed the meeting and said
“We had a fruitful meeting in Russia. I was assured that the tax and other related problems will be sorted out in due course and then we are good to go back.”
Ecclestone also stated that it was too late to allocate the race into the calendar for the 2015 season but they are working for the 2016 calendar.
Gaur, from Jaypee also confirmed the news by stating that talks at Sochi, Russia were fruitful with parties, the promoters and the Formula One management being on the same side.
Gaur also said “While 2015 looks tough as the calendar is more or less final, we should look at 2016 as the year for the return,”
Reportedly the sudden revival in the need to host the Formula One race is due to the new government wanting to bring in several international events; the previous government did not recognise Formula One as a sport and hence did not dispense special tax benefits to Formula One.
An official said “Since the present government is encouraging several international events, the Indian GP could be a beneficiary,”
India has not hosted a Formula One race since 2013, the track debuted at 2011 and all the three races has been won by 4 time world champions, Sebastian Vettel, who is set to join Ferrari next season.
The Buddh International circuit in Greater Noida has face financial problems and tax issues ever since the start of the first Formula One race in 2011, it was taken off the Formula One calendar from 2014 onwards but this would be great news for the Indian Formula One fans.
The big question is that with Azerbaijan joining the race calendar in 2016, holding 22 races in one calendar year would be extremely difficult.
Quotes courtesy: GrandPrix247
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