India not giving up hope of Formula One return

Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India is hopeful that Formula One race at the Buddh International Circuit will be back in 2016. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that the Indian Grand Prix was never part of plans for the 2015 calendar.

updated: March 06, 2014 17:08 IST
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Mumbai: India's motor sports federation is optimistic the tax problems that have jeopardised the country's Formula One race will be resolved and the home Grand Prix will be back in 2016. Formula One commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Wednesday that the Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi will not be hosting a race next year after being dropped from the 2014 championship.

Problems over taxation, with Formula One classified as entertainment rather than a sport in India, as well as the considerable bureaucracy governing the import of equipment have been seen as obstacles.

The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) is waiting for a final clearance from the sports ministry for recognition as a national sports federation and hopes that will pave the way for the race's return. "It's unfortunate but once the government gives the recognition I am very hopeful that Mr Ecclestone's concerns will be satisfied," Akbar Ebrahim, the chairman of racing at FMSCI, told Reuters on Thursday. (Click here for latest on Formula One)

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