Indian Grand Prix: Shift in F1 dates a scheduling issue, say organisers

The absence of India from the 2014 calendar and Ecclestone's comment that the reasons were "political" had sparked speculation that teams were no longer willing to visit a venue that places high duty imposts on the importation of the vast amounts of F1 equipment.

updated: July 31, 2013 14:54 IST
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New Delhi: Indian Grand Prix organizers say the removal of the race from next year's Formula One calendar is part of a switch in schedule and not because of teams' unhappiness with the country's taxation regulations.

The third edition of the Indian Grand Prix is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Buddha International Circuit near New Delhi but organizers have been told there will be no race in 2014 as part of an expected switch to being an early-season race in March 2015.

Jaypee Group spokesman Askar Zaidi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the change was required as new races are added in 2014, with the inaugural Russian Grand Prix mooted to take India's date in October.

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