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Force India to lose Sahara title backing?

Force India title sponsor Sahara could be looking to sell its 42.5 per cent share in the team.
Force India could be set to lose Sahara as its title backer as the company attempts to sell its F1 stake in an effort free one of its founders from jail in India.

Subrata Roy was arrested in March 2014 after failing to comply with a court order to refund money raised from millions of small investors by selling them bonds. This was later deemed illegal, with Roy jailed until Sahara refunds investors.

After several attempts to free Roy were denied by the courts, the conglomerate is now launching a renewed attempt to raise the funds of $780 million by divesting assets. According to Reuters, these include hotels and its stake in the Force India F1 team, which combined is believed to make up around $440 million of that total.

Sahara – a former sponsor of the national cricket team – purchased 42.5 per cent of shares in Force India in 2011 and has been present as a title backer ever since. Team principal Vijay Mallya also owns 42.5 per cent, while the Dutch Mol family – present from the team's Spyker days – has 15 per cent.

Should Sahara sell its stake, Force India could head into the season without a title backer. Original plans for the team to go into collaboration with drinks company Diageo have fallen silent in recent weeks, while Aston Martin – which was tipped to come on board in a branding exercise – has also distanced itself.



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107SS2009

February 03, 2016 6:10 PM

The problem is that creditors are fighting each other to get money from Malya’s grumbling empire, the F1 team stands to make around US$70 million this year from FOM, Some of which was probably paid in advance.

JimG

February 03, 2016 7:43 AM
Last Edited 176 days ago

I'm not very up on the ownership deal on various F1 teams, but from what you posted and what I read on another site, it sounds like Force India is majority owned by a bunch of crooks, 107S! Wow, makes some of the NASCAR teams on our side of the pond (Rick Hendrick and Carl Haas of Stewart Haas Racing and the new F1 team) look like preachers when compared to these folks.



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