F1 » Mallya: Indian criticism is unfair

Vijay Mallya speaks out over criticism of the lack of Indian talent on the F1 grid

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Calvin _

July 12, 2011 3:17 PM
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He is the owner of a F1 team. His target is climbing the WCC ladder. If there was an Indian driver good enough, I'm sure he would give him a chance. Obviously, there isn't, so enough said. Those who criticise should look at it from his point of view rather than their own.

Rahul - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 4:42 PM

Disclaimer: I'm an Indian.
I agree with his position. It is not his responsibility to develop Indian drivers. Chandok and kartakeyein have been around for a while to show what they can do. Unfortunately they have not been very successful. To lay the blame on a team owner, whose responsibility to the team and sponsers is to get results is kind of silly. There are no handouts in racing. Only the best make it there. It's more like perform or perish. Just having an Indian driver for the sake of having one is lame. Indians need to step up their game. I doubt if that will ever happen since the whole nation is captivated with antiquated cricket.

Munro - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 7:10 PM

I think he is totally within his rights to do what he feels is right for HIS team and if that means not putting an Indian driver in the car then fine. Its his money and his investment that keeps that team together, along with some great staff and he shouldnt bow to pressure because some of his countrymen want an ego boost.

Sheer numbers suggest there is going to be a great Indian driver who can compete in F1 but it is up to that individual(s) to prove it and not have it handed to him or her.

Undapakru - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 7:23 PM

Totally agree with Mallya's point of view..
@ Rahul - Liking Cricket is not an excuse of not having quality drivers from India. Rather, we should focus on other factors too.. like.. 1. review the available facilities in the country for motor racing 2. the political will to invest in the sport 3. regional split/conflict.. (how come this circuit came up in Delhi now all of a sudden - the place is apparently no way related to motor racing compared to some of the southern states, where they actually have circuits and motor racing (including rally's, dirt races) is conducted big time? etc etc..


July 12, 2011 10:01 PM

Choosing to employ someone because of their race is the same as refusing to employ someone because of their race. I'll bet non of the indians criticising vj think all teams should only have home grown talent.

Ak - Unregistered

July 13, 2011 2:09 AM

That bloke is just frustrated because of lack of sponsors adorning his car.

For starters, he has done nothing for Indian driver development until the critisism started pouring. He now has one in billion program to select the next indian driver. but tell me, should it be just one? everything needs to start from ground up and Narain has been more effective in that regards than anyone else in the country. Narain worked with JK tyres first and now with nissan and MRF in started racing championships modelled on the BMW asia series.

I still think non of the indian drivers have been given a fair chance to show what they can do. We have had ide's, nakajimas, albers, monteiro and the likes driving way longer and performing worse than average.

I would rate chandhok avg at the moment and narain just above average. Bt you need support and time to be effective in F1, which both of them lacked at this stage.

charan - Unregistered

July 14, 2011 4:49 AM

narain has won races in every single seater championship he has entered except formula1, obviously he can't win in a jordan or with a hrt. karun is also a good driver with good performances in gp2. mallya doesn't really care otherwise he would atleast have given them a test and if you have noticed most of the sponsors on his car are group companies owned my mallya except medion.
narain n karun are right he doesn't have the facts to critisize them.

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