The Indian Grand Prix may struggle to find its way back onto the F1 calendar following its absence from the 2014 schedule.
That’s the view of Vicky Chandhok (pictured with Bernie Ecclestone), president of the Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India and father of former F1 driver Karun Chandhok.
“If it doesn’t come back in 2015, it may never come back at all,” he warned ahead of this weekend’s race. “That is my concern. Once you lose a race it can be gone for ever.”
India held its first round of the world championship in 2009. However the race has been dogged by bureaucratic wrangles. In the run-up to this year’s race the regional government in Uttar Pradesh began moves to remove the race’s tax-exempt status.
Chandhok said rising costs associated with the race was part of the reason why it isn’t on the calendar for next year – and might not be again.
“First, Bernie wanted to switch the race to March but there was no way we could stage two races in five months,” he said. “Second, everything has become a lot more expensive.”
India may find it difficult to reclaim a place on an increasingly congested calendar. Even without its race there are 21 events listed on the 2014 schedule, including new events in Russia and New Jersey.
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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