Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Force India.... taking Indian sports to new heights


Finally, India has got a chance to etch its name in Formula One history. While Narain Karthikeyan's brief appearance for Jordan was nothing much to remember about, this new venture by Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya could offer some excitement for Indian Formula One fans. With Delhi set to host the first ever Indian Grand Prix in 2010, Formula One has arrived in India once and for all. In a land dominated by cricket, providing little chance for hockey, football, athletics and other sports, one would have hardly imagined Formula One becoming an integral part of the country's sporting calendar. But Dr. Vijay Mallya has made the dream become a reality. Force India was created after Dr. Mallya bought the troubled F1 team Spyker, who had bought the Jordan team the previous year. The drivers who have been assigned are Giancarlo Fisichella formerly of Renault and German Adrian Sutil. Though one would have expected the Indian drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Karan Chandok to have been assigned, Vijay Mallya felt that they were inexperienced to assist the engineers in the development of the car. Though not much expectations have been placed upon Force India whose budget is one-fourth that of Ferrari, a decent performance in this year's Grand Prix will help the team to take positive steps forward. More importantly, Indian F1 fans have something to look forward to and cheer about in the coming season.