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'Sad to miss Indian GP'

New Delhi, August 26, 2013, PTI: 23:39 IST
India-born Monisha Kaltenborn, the first ever woman Team Principal of a Formula One team, on Friday said it was sad that Indian Grand Prix would not be part of the 2014 calendar since it was a “great event”.

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone in a reshuffle of the 2014 calendar chucked out the Indian race, which is expected to be part of the 2015 season in the first half.

“It’s obviously sad that India is not on the Formula One calendar in 2014,” Monisha, the Sauber Team Principal, said.

“In only two years, India had established itself as a great event with a lot of interest by the Indian people. I truly hope that a solution can be found for the future,” the 42-year-old said.

Ecclestone had cited political problems, a veiled reference to tax issues in the country, for dropping the Indian race.

Organisers Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) preferred a slot in October 2014 but eventually agreed for the change.

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