Q&A With Vijay Mallya

Saturday 8th March 2014

Share:

Q&A With Vijay Mallya

Q&A With Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallay says that while he is happy with Force India's pre-season, he won't make any predictions ahead of the Australian GP...

Q: Dr Mallya, it's been a very busy winter - how have things gone for Sahara Force India?
VM: It's been a massive challenge, especially for a smaller team like ours. That was why we put so many plans in place early last year to be ready for what has become a very different Formula One. All the hard work has paid off, but it has been a very steep learning curve and a huge undertaking to get where we are today.

Q: As you say it's a different Formula One. A new direction for the sport...
VM: It's the first time for many years that Formula One has been properly aligned with the automotive industry. The prospect of Formula One driving forward technical advances for road cars is a very exciting one.

Q: You attended the final test in Bahrain. Were you encouraged by what you saw?
VM: It was certainly a good week in terms of mileage because we completed the second highest number of laps of all the teams. So we can be satisfied with the amount and quality of the work we were able to carry out. We've learned a lot of things - by no means everything - and I think we can feel quietly confident.

Q: What can we expect in Melbourne?
VM: It's never easy to make predictions and this year there are so many more unknowns than usual. I think we can arrive in Melbourne feeling happy about the work we've done over the winter. How that will translate to a race weekend is hard to say, but I think it's important that an element of unpredictability has returned. There is plenty of interest around Formula One at the moment and that's a good thing.

Spa, Spa, Glorious Spa

Editor's Picks

Stand-Out Moments In 2014

Stand-Out Moments In 2014

Stuff the critics, Andrew Davies thinks this has been an outstanding year of F1 and delivers his 10 magnificent moments...

What Will Alonso Do Next?

What Will Alonso Do Next?

Fernando Alonso is well known for his love of magic, but he needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat very quickly...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

Not The F1 News: Rain Radar

Not The F1 News: Rain Radar

Eric Boullier and the McLaren team are receiving more training from the weather satellite company, UBIMET...