India is working to make a return to the Formula 1 calendar and host a Grand Prix. Here are the latest rumors regarding the potential comeback.
Could MotoGP have paved the way for Formula 1’s return to the Buddh International Circuit? According to the latest reports from India, negotiations will soon begin with Formula 1 for the return of the Grand Prix to the calendar.
In 2023, India hosted two of the major motorsport categories. The most recent MotoGP race took place on the same track where Formula 1 raced for three years. Additionally, the fourth round of Formula E Season 9 was held on the streets of Hyderabad. Both the MotoGP race in New Delhi and the Formula E event in Hyderabad marked their debuts.
Immediately after the MotoGP race weekend, the newspaper “Times of India” discussed the possible return of the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) to the Formula 1 calendar.
According to the report, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) aims to initiate negotiations based on an agreement for the 2025 season.
Arun Vin Singh, CEO of YEIDA, confirmed that efforts are underway to bring India back to the Formula 1 World Championship calendar. Singh also stated that it would be a “significant achievement” if the BIC could host both Formula 1 and MotoGP annually.
The Indian Grand Prix was held for three consecutive seasons in the period from 2011 to 2013. After skipping 2014, the race was supposed to return to the calendar for the 2015 season. However, the comeback did not materialize due to tax disputes between the FIA and the government of the time.
Sebastian Vettel was the winner and pole-sitter in all three editions of the Indian Grand Prix. Furthermore, the German driver secured his fourth world championship title at the Buddh International Circuit. The tire marks left by his Red Bull during the donut celebrations are still visible on the track.