Force India boss Dr Vijay Mallya has said the Silverstone-based outfit should be in a position to confirm its driver line-up for F1 2011 in the 'next few days', once a few legal 'loose ends' are sorted.
His comments echo those made last week on Twitter, when he revealed he was 'excited' about the teams proposed driver line-up for 2011 and that they were 'currently closing' on it [see separate story – click here
]. It is presently thought that Adrian Sutil will be retained for the coming season, while Paul di Resta is tipped to be promoted at the expense of Vitantonio Liuzzi, who it should be noted has a contract until the end of the year. Williams reject Nico Hulkenberg is expected to be signed as the team's third driver.
"There are some legal loose ends to be tied up," he told the BBC
, adding all should be revealed in the "new few days".
Meanwhile, speaking in the same report, Mallya rejected suggestions the Force India F1 team - and his Indian Premier League cricket team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, were just expensive 'hobbies' for him.
"It is certainly not a hobby," confirmed Mallya, who is also chairman of Kingfisher Airlines and the United Breweries Group. "F1 and cricket are part and parcel of our business tools for promotion, and are sports in which, not only I am interested, but in which India is hugely interested.
"You can't say that [sport team ownership] takes the focus away from the businesses that produce the cash."
He also insisted that he is happy with the progress his F1 team has made since he acquired it from Spyker a few years back.
"F1 is perhaps the most technically competitive sport in the world. You are no longer fighting for half a second, you are fighting for one-hundredth of a second," he continued.
"It has become a lot more competitive so it is very, very difficult to move up the ladder quickly. I am proud of the Force India F1 team though. From the end of 2007, when I bought the team, to today it has come a long way," Mallya summed-up.