Force India team principal and managing director Vijay Mallya has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police's Extradition Unit in London on an extradition warrant from the Indian authorities.

Mallya has been accused of fraud and was arrested by the Metropolitan police on behalf of the Indian authorities. The Force India boss was arrested after attending a central London police station and is set to appear in front of Westminster Magistrates' Court later today (18th April).

Force India are currently testing in Bahrain as part of the post-Bahrain Grand Prix two-day test (18-19 April), after Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon secured the team's third consecutive double points finish in 2017.

Mallya has responded to the arrest via his personal Twitter account by explaining his extradition hearing started 'as expected'.

Last March, India asked Britain to extradite Mallya for trial after he fled when banks sued to recover an estimated ?1 billion which is owed by Kingfisher. Mallya has always dismissed the charges and claimed to be innocent of any wrongdoing.

Force India are fourth in the F1 world constructors' championship on 17 points, one point ahead of Williams in the competitive midfield battle behind the front three of Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.

Last year the Silverstone-based team secured its best-ever finish to an F1 season with fourth place in the 2016 F1 world constructors' championship.

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