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2014 Indian Grand Prix cancelled; may return in 2015

The Indian Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2014 calendar, days after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said staging the event had become "very political".

Vicky Chandhok, Chief Executive of the Federation of Motor Sports Club of India confirmed the news, saying that organizers are looking to bring back the race to Delhi in 2015.

India first hosted a grand prix in 2011, a race which was generally praised despite the usual bureaucratic hurdles organizers had to overcome and teething issues which included disruption of practice by stray dogs.

The future of the race however, has been blighted by speculation about taxation.

The Indian government wants to impose high taxes on teams and drivers, a move strongly opposed by Ecclestone.

In June, the local promoters of the Indian Grand Prix, Jaypee Sports International denied claims in the media claiming that the 2014 race was being reviewed by F1.

For 2015, organizers are working to position the race at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida along with other races in Asia, including Malaysia, Bahrain and China.

“When we signed the five-year deal with Jaypee, we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October,” Ecclestone was quoted as saying by IANS.

“We gave in at that time, but now it looks we will have the race early 2015,” Ecclestone added.

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