Indian Grand Prix Will Accept Move to Early Part of F-1 Schedule

The promoter of the Indian Grand Prix said it will accept a move to the early part of the Formula One schedule from autumn.

Formula One Chief Executive Officer Bernie Ecclestone told the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) the race will be dropped from the 2014 calendar and return in early 2015. The Indian Grand Prix has been held in the autumn since being added to the F-1 program in 2011.

“October-November period suits us better both weather-wise as well as it being festive season, but if Formula One Management wants us to hold our race in March 2015 we don’t have any problem with that,” Sameer Gaur, CEO of promoter Jaypee Sports International Ltd., said in a statement.

According to the IANS, Ecclestone said at last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix the Indian race was unlikely to happen in 2014 and that the reason was “political,” without providing specific details.

A message left for Ecclestone at Formula One’s headquarters in London was not immediately returned.

The 2013 Indian Grand Prix will be run Oct. 27 at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. World champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany has won the first two editions of the race.

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