Should Force India have Indian drivers?

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Force India F1 Team, Bahrain, 2008, 470150

Hoshiyar had this to say about Adrian Sutil in a recent discussion:

To have Force India without an Indian pilot is ridiculous. Narain [Karthikeyan] can take the bull by its horn and come in front of fisi each and every time. To not even have tried him for the race seat?? its clear where Vijay Mallya?s priority lie – making money. He?s just playing with the sentiments of people here.

Do you think Force India should have an Indian F1 driver?

Despite the team’s name all of Force India’s drivers are European: Adrian Sutil (Germany), Christian Klien (Austria), Giancarlo Fisichella and Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy)

I don’t think the team should have an Indian driver just because they’re an Indian team. But even if they were to, the question is who?

Narain Karthikeyan is an obvious candidate, but he’s had a chance at F1 and got dropped – first by Jordan in 2005, and then from his Williams test seat last year. He’s struggled to make an impression in A1 Grand Prix where the competition is much weaker, and I don’t think his nationality should give him a free pass into F1.

Karun Chandhok has been tipped for a move to Force India, possibly as soon as next year. He won one round of the GP2 series last year but still shows a lot of immaturity in his driving. He spun away a potential win in the GP2 Asia support race at the Malaysian Grand Prix while the field was behind the safety car.

So I’m not convinced Force India needs an Indian driver. But what I find odd is that the team is called Force India and yet is based in Northamptonshire…

Force India F1 Team information