“Politics” could force end to Indian Grand Prix

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Bernie Ecclestone says the Indian Grand Prix is likely to be dropped from the Formula One calendar next year.

Speaking to Reuters, Ecclestone said: “Is India going to happen next year? Probably not.”

He described the problems facing the race at the Buddh International Circuit as “political”.

Askari Zaidi of race promoters Jaypee Sports International said: “We have not got anything in writing from the Formula One management regarding the status of the 2014 Indian Grand Prix.” Jaypee have a contract to hold the grand prix until 2015.

Indian motorsport federation president Vicky Chandhok suggested one solution could be to postpone the next race at the track until 2015 while the problems are sorted out.

India held its first round of the world championship in 2011 at the purpose-built track in Greater Noida outside New Delhi. It proved a popular event but teams were unhappy at local attempts to levy taxes on their activities.

Next year’s calendar is under pressure as teams do not wish to see the schedule expand beyond twenty races. There are nineteen on this year’s calendar and a potential three more vying for a place.

Last week it was announced the Austrian Grand Prix will return to the calendar next year. A second race in the USA is also planned along with F1’s first visit to Russia for a grand prix at Sochi.

Although Bahrain has been lobbying to take over the coveted first round of the championship, Australia has been tipped to retain its place as the season-opener.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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