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This weekend should see Sebastian Vettel crowned world champion for a fourth consecutive season at the Indian Grand Prix.
However, with the race not on next year’s calendar, the future of the Indian Grand Prix remains unclear—it could even be the last, according to the president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, Vicky Chandhok, in an interview with The Guardian.
If it doesn't come back in 2015, it may never come back at all. That is my concern. Once you lose a race it can be gone forever. That is why I am calling on everyone in India to make this Sunday's race an event to remember, so everyone in Formula One will realise that it needs the Indian Grand Prix. If we lose it, I would be very disappointed, because it took us 10 years to get the race in the first place. It was in 1999 that Bernie Ecclestone [the sport's commercial rights holder] first had talks with organisers and sponsors in India.
The race has been penciled in for an earlier slot on the calendar in 2015, which is one of the reasons for the break in 2014, given the logistics of organizing two events in the space of five months.
Basically there were two reasons. First, Bernie [Ecclestone] wanted to switch the race to March but there was no way we could stage two races in five months. Second, everything has become a lot more expensive.