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Interview with Dr Mallya : Pre 2012 United States Grand Prix

by Team ZigWheels Photos : DPPI Posted on 14 Nov 2012

Sahara Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya welcomes the return of the US GP to the F1 calendar saying it's an important market for everyone associated with the sport

Mallya, Team Principal, Sahara Force India




The team picked up points in Abu Dhabi – what was your view on the team’s performance…

I have mixed feelings because we extended our run of points finishes, but on the other hand our two main rivals were ahead of us and scored well. With two races to go Sauber are almost out of reach and Williams are just 22 points behind us. The opening lap was frustrating, but we all recognise that these things can happen in racing. The important thing is to look forward and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Without the problems at the first corner, I’m convinced we could have been up there fighting for some bigger points.


You know the United States well – how important is it for Formula One to be returning there?

It’s such an important market for the teams and the brands associated with the sport so it’s a very welcome return to the calendar. It will be the first time Sahara Force India has raced on American soil and the whole team is excited to be going there. Visiting a new venue always presents us with new challenges, but from what I’ve heard we can expect a first class facility. As for the city, Austin is a friendly place with good hospitality and I’m sure we will receive a very warm welcome.


There has been a lot of speculation about the team’s 2013 driver line-up - when can we expect the team to confirm its plans?

We have traditionally waited until the end of the season to confirm our line-up and I expect we will stick to this schedule. With the state of the driver market at the moment there is no rush to make an announcement. We have a shortlist and will take our time to make sure we have the fastest drivers available in our cars next season.