Mallya: India an economy F1 can't ignore

By on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Sahara Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says that Formula 1 cannot ignore the potential that India has to offer.

India joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2011 but there will not be a race at the Buddh International Circuit in 2014.

Officials at the circuit have stressed that the event will return to Formula 1 in early 2015.

"India is an economy that cannot be ignored," says Mallya.

"This country has enormous potential, not just for Sahara Force India, but in terms of all the partners and stakeholders in Formula One."

"It's unfortunate that there won't be a race in 2014, but the promoter has assured me personally and also assured the Indian fans at large in media interviews that the race will return from 2015 on a sustainable basis. With that kind of optimism and forceful commitment all I can do is hope that it will return."

Mallya's team enjoyed a double points finish at their home race and the Indian does not see any reason why their form cannot continue into this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"We're certainly very happy that we got things right last weekend and there's no reason why we shouldn't be in the points going forward," he said.

"Don’t forget this team was a regular top ten finisher in the first half of the year, so we just need to recapture our old form. Our performance in India showed what we are capable of and there's no reason why we can't carry this through to the final three races."

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