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Q&A: Vijay Mallya

Sahara Force India team principal Vijay Mallya addresses the various issues facing his squad ahead of the 2013 F1 season.
Q:
Dr Mallya, the new season is upon us. How excited are you to see the VJM06 come to life?

Vijay Mallya:
I think everyone in the team is very excited about this car and eager to go testing and see where we stand. With stable technical rules the VJM06 doesn't look massively different compared to its predecessor, but beneath the skin we've looked at every detail to try and find more performance. I've followed the development of the car closely and feel proud of what we have achieved so far.

Q:
You've given great consideration to the driver line-up for this season. Are you closer to finalising things?

Vijay Mallya:
Paul will race with us for a third season. He has delivered some great performances for us over the last two years and gives us the consistency we need going into 2013. He had a difficult end to last season, but we've worked hard to understand those issues and I believe he can step up another level this year. As for his teammate, we had a shortlist and have considered every driver who is available. We are very close to making our decision and I can assure you that we will arrive in Australia with one of the most exciting pairings on the grid.

Q:
You announced an investment programme for the team late last year. How is that progressing?

Vijay Mallya:
The programme is underway and we are currently looking for the land to build our new wind tunnel. The team has done a remarkable job with the resources that we already have, but if we want to realise our long-term ambitions we need to give our engineers the best tools available, starting with a state-of-the-art wind tunnel. The more immediate benefits of our investment are already in place for 2013 with greater CFD capacity.

Q:
What will be the objectives for the year ahead?

Vijay Mallya:
We begin 2013 hungrier than ever before. We ended last season with a very competitive car and we even led for 30 laps in Brazil. That's given everyone a taste of what it feels like to race at the front and shows what we can achieve when everything comes together. We were unlucky to miss out on a podium last year on several occasions so that is certainly a clear ambition for the year ahead. The first objective is to hit the ground running and have a strong start to the season. That's been our weakness for the last couple of seasons so we need to build on the momentum and carry on where we left off in 2012.



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Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 with the new Sahara Force India F1 VJM06.
Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 with the new Sahara Force India F1 VJM06.
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Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 Test Driver.
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Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 Team Test Driver (Right).
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Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 Team Test Driver.
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Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 Team Test Driver.
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Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 Team Test Driver.
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Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 Test Driver.
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Spike Goddard (AUS) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 Test Driver.
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Spike Goddard (AUS), Force India F1 Team 
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Spike Goddard (AUS), Force India F1 Team testing the info wing
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Spike Goddard (AUS), Force India F1 Team testing the info wing
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Spike Goddard (AUS), Force India F1 Team testing the info wing
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Spike Goddard (AUS), Force India F1 Team testing the info wing
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Spike Goddard (AUS), Force India F1 Team testing the info wing
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mujib

March 13, 2013 10:35 AM

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