Government should treat the Indian Grand Prix as their own: Jaypee's Sameer Gaur

The Indian GP has been taken off the F1 2014 calendar but the promoters are confident of its return. Long-term future however can only be secured if the government helps in popularizing the sport, says Gaur.

updated: August 21, 2013 20:31 IST
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The Indian Grand Prix may have been axed from the 2014 F1 calendar but the promoters of the race - Jaypee Group - are confident that the pinnacle of motorsports will return to the Indian shores the following year.

Speaking exclusively to NDTV, the CEO and MD of Jaypee Sports International, Sameer Gaur, said that he was hopeful of the race making a comeback in 2015. " We have a very sound contract with the F1 management. Bernie Ecclestone is a wise man and he believes in India as a destination. 2014 Indian Grand Prix is not happening because of logistical problems but those problems will be sorted out and in 2015, bang on, we will be on target."

Gaur said that the five -year contract means that F1 will continue to find a home in India but cautioned that a roadmap will be needed thereafter. "We will continue to have the Grand Prix till our 5-year contract runs. But after 5 years, let us see how the situation is. We don't want to disappoint the F1 enthusiasts in India, the ones who have gotten used to watching the Grand Prix here. We have that in mind and god willing we will find a way out"

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