The Indian Grand Prix conundrum

The Indian Grand Prix conundrum

The Indian Grand Prix will be off the Formula 1 calendar in 2014, but organisers are confident it will return the following year. Will it? DIETER RENCKEN analyses its chances

For scheduling reasons the Formula 1 calendar is effectively divided into three parts: long-haul set of four races upfront; European portion covering May to early September; and a back end consisting of seven flyaways spread across nine weeks.

In drawing up the calendar, the commercial-rights holder takes into account factors such as seasonal climates in host countries, public holidays, logistics for both cost and time reasons, and proximity of other races. For example, back-to-backing Bahrain and Abu Dhabi would seriously impact on ticket sales for both.

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