In the run-up to the third Indian Grand Prix, the state government of Uttar Pradesh has demonstrated why the sport is not going to work in the country. The government has asked the courts to withdraw its entertainment tax exemption on the Indian Grand Prix organizer Jaypee Sports International. The decision will cost Jaypee around $5 million. There is also an accusation that the group did not correctly declare its income from the event.
The impression is, once again, that India does not understand the value that such an event will give. Instead the F1 teams and organisers, not to mention the media, are made to jump through bureaucratic hoops to visit the country.
The problems are such that the Formula One group, with the agreement of the teams, has dumped the race in 2014 (amid much cheering in the paddock) and it is unlikely that the country will get another race unless its bureaucrats understand how such things work.
If they do not, or do not want to understand, then F1 in India is dead.