Fernley said CVC has done an “awful” job
Boss and co-owner Vijay Mallya’s financial problems do not affect Force India, deputy team principal Bob Fernley insists.
This week, it emerged that lenders to Mallya’s failing airline Kingfisher are set to sell the billionaire’s collateral assets as they recall the loans. And the very latest reports are that Force India’s title sponsor Subrata Roy, of the Indian giant Sahara, has had 100 of his and the conglomerate’s bank accounts frozen by the Securities and Exchange Board of India over failing to repay investors.
James Rossiter, a British driver in the FIA’s world endurance championship, will test Force India’s newly-launched 2013 car next week.
Now 29, a few years ago Rossiter was a Honda and Super Aguri tester and almost signed up with the ill-fated USF1 as a race driver. Today, as well as racing Lotus sports cars, he works with Force India in the Silverstone based team’s driver simulator.
It was a busy morning in the F1 world, with two teams launching new cars and two drivers edging closer to 2013 race seats.
At Silverstone, Force India’s VJM06 was revealed, but not the identity of the lone Paul di Resta’s teammate. “Our main objective today is to launch the car, and Paul is the key person for doing that,” deputy boss Bob Fernley is quoted by Sky.
Bob Fernley, the day-to-day team boss at Force India, has backed Ferrari’s decision to deliberately penalise Felipe Massa in Austin.
The Italian team was roundly criticised for tampering with Brazilian Massa’s long-life gearbox for no other reason than to incur a five-place penalty that switched title-fighting teammate Fernando Alonso to the ‘clean’ side of the grid. Ferrari’s immediate competitors, Red Bull and McLaren, said they wouldn’t have made a similar decision.
Force India has confirmed Narain Karthikeyan’s suspicion that the door to the Silverstone based team is closed.
Currently hoping to keep his place at the back of the grid with HRT, Karthikeyan is F1′s only Indian driver, but so far he has never been seriously linked with countryman Vijay Mallya’s nationally-branded team. Lewis Hamilton said this week he has his fingers crossed for Karthikeyan, as a move to Force India would be “a huge stepping stone for him”.
Vijay Mallya, the owner and boss of the Force India team, had good and bad news on Thursday.
The good news was that embarrassing protests planned for the Indian grand prix by grounded and unpaid staff of his ailing Kingfisher airline have been called off. That’s because he struck a salary deal with the disgruntled workers.
Eddie Jordan has predicted Force India will make one driver change ahead of the 2013 season.
The former F1 team owner and boss’s words are carefully listened to these days, after he recently correctly predicted that that Lewis Hamilton would move to Mercedes next year, pushing Michael Schumacher back into retirement.
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