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Mallya vows Indian F1 driver in `five years`.

Dr Vijay Mallya has vowed to put an Indian driver in Formula 1 within five years – rather confounding the theories that Karun Chandhok is to be given his top flight break with Force India in 2010.

Whilst some have suggested Chandhok – preparing for a third and final season in the GP2 Series feeder category in 2009 – is almost a shoe-in for a drive at the Silverstone-based squad at some point in the not-too distant future, family friend Mallya has hinted that there may not be a home-grown talent on the grand prix grid for a number of years yet.

Another name that has been linked to an eventual berth at the former Spyker concern is ex-Jordan Grand Prix and Williams ace and current A1GP star Narain Karthikeyan, who has made no secret of his desire to return to the pinnacle of international motorsport.

Force India F1 chairman and Kingfisher Airlines billionaire Mallya, however, seemed to offer neither of the pair much hope of a fast-track into the uppermost echelon anytime soon – if even at all.

“I have committed that Force India will identify and groom an Indian driver to eventually participate in Formula 1 through national and international karting and GP2,” the 52-year-old told news agency CNN. “I hope to achieve this over a period of five years.”


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DBL

November 24, 2008 3:10 PM

“I have committed that Force India will identify and groom an Indian driver to eventually participate in Formula 1 through national and international karting and GP2,” the 52-year-old told news agency CNN. “I hope to achieve this over a period of five years.” Karting to F1 in 5 years, a bit ambitious wouldn''t you say Vijay? It took Hamilton 7 years to do that and he was backed by McLaren.

Nauj Oignaf - Unregistered

November 24, 2008 7:35 PM

Based on his current "Acheivements" I wouldn't trust Mallya for sure. Based on my information Mr. Mallya caused split in motorsports association in India and that has impacted the motor sports events in the country. Mallya faction has support of Max/FIA for obvious reasons "Spank Gate". With this background, Mallya has destroyed the good work done by previous motorsport federation in India. One reason for NK not being considered for the FF1 seat was that he is not backing Mallya faction. Mallya is also dancing to Bernie's tune in the getting Indian F1 race. which in long term would leave India with "white elephant" to supported by tax payers monies. So wouldn't trust much on what he says



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