Cannot be expected to employ Indian drivers: Mallya

Updated: 13 July 2011 21:36 IST

Force India owner Vijay Mallya has defended himself against criticism about not giving an Indian driver a chance to race in Formula One saying that he has already done his bit to bring the sport to the country.

New Delhi:

Force India owner Vijay Mallya has defended himself against criticism about not giving an Indian driver a chance to race in Formula One saying that he has already done his bit to bring the sport to the country.

News agency have quoted the liquor and airline baron as saying that to expect him to employ an Indian to race just because he owns a F1 team is unfair. "To be criticised, largely by the Indian folks, that I don't have an Indian driver is I think just blatantly unfair," he was quoted as saying by a news agency. "My only response to them would be that I know more about Formula One than they do."

Insisting that Indian drivers need to earn their spot in the elite Formula One club, Mallya added that he was sorry that the current crop of Indian drivers are racing for teams that are clearly not capable of competing at the biggest stage of motorsports.

Topics : Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit Kevin Pietersen Giancarlo Fisichella Adrian Sutil Michael Schumacher Kimi Raikkonen Karun Chandhok Lewis Hamilton McLaren Brawn Force India Honda
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