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Indian GP off 2015 calendar

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The likelyhood of Formula One returning to India in the near future is in doubt after Bernie Ecclestone confirmed the race will not be on the 2015 calendar as planned.

India was dropped from the 2014 race schedule, with the view to bringing it back in an early-season role for 2015. F1 is classed as entertainment rather than a sport in India, which has cased the problems, while there still remains considerable bureaucracy to overcome in bringing equipment to the country for race weekends.

"At the moment, India won't be on for next year for sure," said Ecclestone. "Probably 2016 … they're gradually getting over all the bureaucracy with the tax position inside the country and the general finance."

Ecclestone said in November a deal had been done to return to the Buddh International Circuit for 2015 and six years beyond that.

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