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Sahara and Force India’s partnership Still Stands Strong: Vijay Mallya

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Vijay Mallya, Team Principal, Sahara Force India, in an interview has cleared all airs concerning Force India’s partnership with Sahara, refuting any signs of a weakened collaboration. Ahead of Mexican Grand Prix, Mallya said, “I am very happy with Sahara Group as partners. There is no issue at all. I feel very sorry for Subrata Roy but this unfortunate situation is not affecting the team in anyway. Our partnership stands strong,”
This statement has quashed all those rumors which were running rife indicating towards the partnership between Sahara and Force India in doldrums in the wake of Formula 1 team’s co-owner and Sahara Group chief, Subrata Roy, being in jail since March 2014.

In 2011, Sahara pumped USD 100 million into Force India for a 42.5 stake alongside team founder Mallya. The Moll family from the Netherlands holds the remaining 15 percent stake.

Team Force India has been performing extremely well off late with Sergio Perez delivering the team’s third ever podium at Sochi.

“It is something we are very proud of (the team’s performance graph since 2008). We have got three podiums now with the last one coming at Sochi. We are hoping for a similar result in Mexico to further strengthen our fifth place in the team standings,” said Mallya of his squad which is on its way to finish fifth for the first time.

The midfield outfit has constantly criticized the income distribution model in F1 with five teams – Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren and Williams – taking a chunk out of the teams’ share. It recently raised eyebrows by complaining to the European Union regarding the sport’s governance and its existing income distribution model.

Aware of the repercussions, Mallya said it is tough to predict the outcome of the case. He elaborated, “I mean nobody can predict the outcome of a European Union complaint. We have filed a complaint because we believed the distribution of income in Formula 1 is not fair, it is disproportionate. Now it is up to the commission to take whatever action they want to take. Five teams cannot take away the bulk of the income. Distribution has to be fair. We are carrying on despite challenges. We would not be here if it did not make financial sense. All we are saying is that it has to make better financial sense.”

 
  • Gagan Verma

    First of congratulations to Force India team on its recent success, and secondly I would appreciate the way Mr. Mallya didn’t say ‘no comments’ or ignored the question. He answered back and gave a halt to the rumors going around. I still remember the day when Sahara and Kingfisher partnered to support Force India. Both are huge corporate houses who marked their presence in the relevant industries and catered a lot of people’s needs.

     
  • Sarah Viz

    Formula One attracted my attention few months ago. And I like Sergio Perez from the very beginning, since I started watching and enjoying these GPs. I LOVE YOU PEREZ. I will always support you and your hard work (all along your style) and will never ever give up on you or your bad days (IF it ever happen), which won’t occur if you have support of fans like us. Make us proud!

     
  • Mahi Jain

    I just want India to win the next grand prix. Be it under Sahara’s
    supervision of Mallya’s, a good team will always do good. But the well
    established supervisor definitely affects the performance of the team,
    which I have observed in Cricket and Hockey matches of India, where the
    teams had Sahara’s supervision. So I guess that Force India will also do
    well under its supervision as the Sahara Parivar has such an impeccable
    record.