Force India team boss Vijay Mallya has admitted that this weekend's Indian Grand Prix will be the biggest race to date for the Silverstone-based team and a 'major step forward for Indian motorsport'.

The new Buddh International Circuit will play host to the first F1 event on Indian soil and Mallya insisted it was a landmark moment for the nation.

"I have been involved in motor racing for over 30 years and it's one of my greatest passions," he said. "I brought the first Formula 1 car over to India in the 1980s and it was always a dream of mine to one day see this great nation host a Grand Prix. So this weekend is a very significant moment and I'm extremely proud. It's a major step forward for Indian motorsport and for sport in general in our country. We are all looking forward to it immensely.

"This is a very important weekend for Sahara Force India and we are all determined to be as competitive as possible. I want to savour every moment of what will surely be one of the most spectacular events of the season and the start of a great Formula 1 tradition in India."

The Indian race comes hot on the heels of the announcement of new investment in the team from Sahara India Pariwar and Mallya said it was a move which would help the team continue to move forwards up the grid.

"This is yet another great milestone in the history of this team," he said. "The Sahara Group brings fresh investment and Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara shares my vision to push the development so that we continue to compete effectively with the teams ahead of us.

"The Sahara Group has played a very important role in the development of sport in India and is an ideal partner to help us achieve greater success in the future."