F1 » Chandhok, Karthikeyan tell Mallya: You don't have the facts!

Vijay Mallya has come under fire for claiming that there are currently no Indian drivers good enough for F1, with Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan accusing the Force India owner of missing the point

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USF1_Fan - Unregistered

July 13, 2011 6:35 PM

I am not Indian, but I am from a country that has not had a competitive F1 driver for a while now- the U.S.A., so I understand the desire to have a citizen in the sport.

But I also understand Mallya's view- you get a shot and either show or go.

Personally I don't think Karthikeyan showed enough to keep.
I DO think Chandhok was better and worth another shot though.

I'm not sure he could make it to be one of the top drivers either but as I've said before- most Formula 1 drivers never achieve top-ranked status in F1.
But Chandhok might be able to achieve a solid nid-pack status anyway, and even that would probably help the team, Mallya and the sport in India.

Boss B - Unregistered

July 13, 2011 7:40 PM

At least give chandhok a couple races. He's already well off so he would probably do it for nothing.

Sutil and Di resta are not in any significant championship battles, but you would gain significant exposure.


July 13, 2011 9:12 PM

f1 is international, and whilst having an indian driver in an indian owned team may appear a good aspiration, the prime responsibility of any team owner, is to get the best results for the team. if ths means using other nationalities, then ok. mallya has to get sponsors, and these come with success, and are usually multi nationals. they dont care where the driver comes from (well some might). i am sure that if a good driver comes from india, then mallya will test him. but to take chandhok or karthikeyan, two tailenders, just because of their nationality, would be suicide for the team

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

July 13, 2011 9:39 PM

The only point I disagree with richard on is that I think Chandhok showed some potential.

Not a front-runner but mid-pack, perhaps.

Other than that one point, I think what he said is right on the money.

neo - Unregistered

July 13, 2011 9:40 PM

F1 teams somewhat prefer to encourage drivers from the country they based at, if you are following F1 you should know this by now.
McLaren has all british lineup, Merc has all german lineup,etc these things did not happen accidentally. Merc pushed button out to make way for another german.

While this fat guy is making himself a fool, by claiming there are no Indian F1 drivers qualified when he never invited any of the two to test in his cars.

Luckily other team bosses have good head, otherwise alonso would not be driving a ferrari now, he started his career with Minardi.

The simple fact is he was to hog the limelight in Indian press, if he takes a Indian F1 then he will lose that.

Overall what he said totally insensitive, irresponsible towards their career.

Ak - Unregistered

July 14, 2011 4:12 AM

I have been saying this time and again and I am not sure why most ppl dont understand this.

1. Brits support Jenson and Lewis more than they support Mclaren. when jenson was in brawn they supported him

2. Toyota, Honda, Mclaren, Mercedes and even Ferrari to some extent support in one way or the other, drivers from their country.

3. Mallya says he is patriotic. naming a yatch Indian princess and having grand parties is not patriotism. Chandhok is right, Mallya has done nothing for the sport in India.

4. Truth is relative. It is easy for someone to belive what media or a rich guy tells. It is a different story when u know something from ground up.

5. Tata believes in Narain and Airasia believes in Chandhok. I have seen them racing since 10 years. Every race and I am satisfied with what I saw. They are not the best. But they are better than those presently in F1 and as you saw with koba, being bad at gp2 with experience you can still roll heads in F1.

Truth is relative and to each h

Indian - Unregistered

July 14, 2011 6:38 AM

As much as we see the team name "Force India" in F1 we don't believe Mallya is in anyway representing INDIA. He is just using his and sponsorship money to further promote his liquor and airlines business. All these years he is F1 he had a lot of potential to do more for these 2 Indian drivers than just criticizing them. What happened to all the simulator and real tests he can give to them and then judge. I hope his comments of this sort appear in our mainstream media and he and his team gets his share of booing at forthcoming Indian GP. What else to say, he is just a friggin FAT guy with a big head...

Indianracer - Unregistered

July 14, 2011 7:50 AM

Hey, Mallya is the ultimate opportunist and a flamboyant who loves the bling-bling life. So what ???
Give him his space to do what he wants with his money.
And why grudge him his desire to see his team WIN ... and, if it is with non-Indian drivers, so be it.
Why shud we not be proud of his team if he does crack the top-5 in F1?
But, on the flip side, he's done absolute zilch for indian motorsports ... simply putting your product logos at shabby karting tracks is not nurturing talent ... its called "sponsorship" of the event to sell his products.
The same goes to every other Indian corporate involved in motorsports.
The way Indian karting is run, is a bit of a joke ... there's so much nepotism / favouritism / sabotaging etc. in every form of racing in India that there's absolutely no chance for any kid to make it to the international scene ... unless his/her father/uncle owns a bank !
Almost every motorsports fan in India is puzzled at the way the Tata's are pouring money in supporting

Kedhaf1 - Unregistered

July 14, 2011 8:57 AM

Regarding NK vs KC

Well Narain has won in every single seater series hes participated in except f1 and this year, after not being in f1 for 6 YEARS, he has been within 2 tenths of Liuzzi in quali despite not being ipto speed yet. In the races hes been a match for TL most of the year so far. In Turkey, he finished more than a lap ahead of TL, in Monaco he was a second a lap faster than TL for the 1st half of the race when a badly timed pitstop put him a lap behind (due to safety car) , in Montreal he overtook liuzzi on track and his strategy put him behind TL and the same was the case in China. So hes been very impressive and its only because of his car that people don't recognize that.

KC's charisma is doing him a whole lot of good, but the reality is, last year all the new cars were not very reliable (except HRT) and he was able to gain a few good finishes and beat his teammate. That is no real indication of whether he is good or not (as Martin Brundle said). So going by his care

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