Mallya wants competitive Indian driver

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Vijay Mallya says he wants to see an Indian driver racing for his team Force India – but only one that can fight with the front runners.

In an apparent snub to Karun Chandhok, who became the second Indian driver to compete in F1 this year, Mallya told

It is very important [to have an Indian driver]. I would love it. I?m not a fool and can see the enormous publicity potential which would come from it. The downside at the moment is that there is not one Indian pilot who has the potential to battle the best on the track.
Vijay Mallya

Asked if he could have his pick of any of the drivers in F1 at the moment Mallya opted for Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel over current drivers Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

He endorsed Sutil’s potential, however, saying:

Adrian has got a lot of potential and is extremely quick, but Lewis [Hamilton] could show his talents straight away in a McLaren, whereas Adrian was suffering at the back end of the field with Spyker. He did not really get the chance to show his qualities, as the Spyker was extremely difficult to drive. But now he can show his full capabilities.
Vijay Mallya

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