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Alejandro Agag says tax issues hampering Formula E race in India

FIA Formula E Championship's founder Alejandro Agag says the complex tax system is the prime reason for the all-electric series not venturing in India.

The only Indian team in Formula E, Mahindra Racing, were trying hard to get an Indian race on the calendar which prompted them to have a showrun for the media and eminent personalities when they brought its car to the Buddh International Circuit few years back.

The talk then was to host a race in Delhi - not at the Formula 1 circuit - but the usual street course for the all-electric series. Apart from the capital city, there were other cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad also in the reckoning.

In fact, Mahindra ran a contest for the fans to design a circuit in Delhi. However, the talks died down since then with Agag now blaming the complex tax structure for the no-show of Formula E in the country.

The tax issue is well known after F1 went away from the country with still two years left on its contract. "Our main worry for India is the tax," Agag told to Press Trust of India. "We have been doing a lot of research on the race in India.

"We have seen that Formula 1 faced so many tax issues in India. It is very risky to race in India because of the tax authorities. They [tax authorities] are very aggressive at the moment. They want to tax everything. So you don't know where you stand.

"I think that is the reason Formula 1 did not continue in India. We would like to have complete tax safety and then look at going to India. We did explore venues. We would really love to race in India and we have three possibilities - Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.

"We have seen areas that will be ideal for the street race. We have a great Indian partner in Mahindra and we have a broadcaster [in Sony Pictures Networks]. The only thing we need is an assurance from the tax people."

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[Note: This story was also written by me on Formula Rapida]

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Comments (1)

  • Is it really that surprising? This is the exact same reason the Indian F1 grand prix got cancelled..... Our tax department insists on labeling everything the FiA holds as entertainment, instead of sports..... For goodness sake, it is in the name; The International Federation of MotorSPORTS. Besides, we now have two teams with Indian licences (Force India doesn't count anymore, but still...) , Force India in F1 and Mahindra Racing in FE, which has an Indian team manager, and hires Indians as engineers.

      1 year ago
    • The FE team is based in the UK and Spain which has Indian engineers. Taxing is fine but there should be some leeway on certain matter. Tax is not just the issue with F1, Jaypee doesn't have enough money as well.

        1 year ago