The Indian Grand Prix, one of Formula 1 motor racing’s newest events, was dropped from the schedule for 2014, but will return a year later. Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula 1 supremo, said an agreement had been reached with the race promoter Jaypee Sports International that, after this year’s race in October, the following edition would be staged in early 2015. The Indian Grand Prix, which is held at the Buddh International Circuit near Delhi, took place for the first time in 2011. Races in New Jersey in USA, Sochi in Russia and in Austria could all be added to the Formula 1 calendar in 2014.
Bangkok, Thailand was named as the host of the Race of Champions, the international motor sports event, for the second successive year in 2013. Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium hosted the ROC last year for the first time, taking over from Dusseldorf in Germany, and it will do so once more on December 14 and 15. The end-of-season competition brings together the world’s top drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines, including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar and the ESPN X Games.
Berlin, the capital of Germany, was selected as the 10th, and final, host of a round of motor racing’s FIA Formula E Championship, a new top-tier series featuring electric cars to be held on city centre circuits around the globe from 2014. The proposed race will take place on a custom-made circuit built within the city’s former Tempelhof Airport. London, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Rome, Miami, Putrajaya (Malaysia), Buenos Aires and Bangkok are also all in contention to host races.