Indian GP would boost motorsports: Mallya

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 18:21

New Delhi: With Formula One supremo Bernie
Ecclestone giving a categorical assurance that the Indian
Grand Prix is very much on, Force India chairman Vijay Mallya
today said the 2011 race would be a huge boost both for
motorsports and the outfit he owns.

Reacting to Ecclestone`s interview to PTI in which the F1
chief dismissed speculation about the race following Sports
Ministry`s refusal to acknowledge it as a sport, Mallya said
the Indian Grand Prix was just what the sport needed.

"The Indian Grand Prix will be a huge boost for both F1
and Force India," Mallya told reporters over phone.

"Formula One already has great following in India and it
would only increase after the 2011 race," he said.

The liquor baron also took the occasion to make it clear
that Giancarlo Fisichella, who earned the team`s first pole
position and podium finish in Belgium, was not going to
Ferrari, as is being rumoured.

"These are all rumours. We have not been approached by
anybody and I would not want to comment on such speculation,"
Mallya said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 18:21

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