Indian media report that flamboyant Mallya, dressed all in white including his shoes, was granted bail.
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Vijay Mallya is pumping an extra $80 million into his formula one team.
The news comes amid the well-documented financial struggles of his other business, the Indian airline Kingfisher. Mallya said this week: “We had a board meeting in India after the Abu Dhabi grand prix and the board has approved a $80 million capital investment programme for the team.
Members of F1’s travelling circus have been admitted to hospital in Austin, the Swiss newspaper Blick reports.
The report said three members of the press from Portugal, Denmark and England respectively, and “some members” of the Red Bull team, are in hospital. Rumours suggest the Briton involved is the well-known photographer Keith Sutton, while the other two press-men are journalists Peter Nygaard and Luis Vasconcelos.
Sebastian Vettel is reportedly following Fernando Alonso’s lead, as the pair knuckle down for their four-race battle to the 2012 title.
We reported a week ago that Spaniard Alonso has imposed a ‘media muzzle’ on himself for the decisive flyaway trek through India, Abu Dhabi, the US and Brazil, and will even slash the time he spends with Ferrari’s crucial sponsors.
Felipe Massa was penalised for the collision with Lewis Hamilton in India because it “could have been avoided”.
That is the claim of former grand prix winner Johnny Herbert, who was serving as the fourth FIA steward at the inaugural Delhi race. Although McLaren’s beleaguered Hamilton is usually the one receiving the penalties at grands prix, Herbert said it was the embittered Massa who deserved the blame this time.
The first reports of ‘Delhi belly’ affecting a formula one team this week have emerged from the McLaren garage.
SID news agency reports that the famous British team had to fly in from Woking some replacement staff, who had been placed on standby in case those in India suffered the notorious traveller’s illness.
Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta are refusing to believe they will definitely front Force India’s race driver lineup in 2012.
“If you’re thinking of yourself driving a car in India — don’t do it!”
Formula one’s travelling circus has offered a mixed reaction after touching down ahead of the first ever Indian grand prix. Tax, security and circuit construction issues made headlines many weeks ago, but a couple of drivers this week were still grumbling about the difficulty of obtaining a visa to the burgeoning south Asian country.
“We had to make the best decision for the future of the team”
He may not race in his native India this weekend, but Karun Chandhok could have a future with Team Lotus, boss Tony Fernandes said on Tuesday. Earlier, the Malaysian businessman had to announce that, to his emotional disappointment, he must stick with the team’s regular lineup of Heikki Kovalainen alongside Jarno Trulli.
As recently as two weeks ago, Bernie Ecclestone feared the inaugural Indian grand prix might have to be called off.
Part-sale of Silverstone based Force India was confirmed late on Wednesday
Despite boss Vijay Mallya’s recent denials, the part-sale of Silverstone based Force India was confirmed late on Wednesday. The team will be renamed Sahara Force India, the Indian billionaire sitting alongside conglomerate Sahara India’s Subrata Roy announced in a Delhi hotel.
The designer of India’s new Buddh circuit insists the venue will be ready for its inaugural race late this month
Hermann Tilke was talking to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport after the latest round of speculation about the last stages of construction near Delhi. Asked if the F1 paddock and spectators need to be worried three weeks before they arrive at Buddh, he said: “No, everything with the planning is on time.
Karun Chandhok is today a shadow of the boy who a decade ago dreamed of emulating his heroes.
On a trip to Delhi this week, he revealed to the Daily Pioneer that when he left high school he peaked at 96 kilograms. “I was told that if I wanted to race I had to lose weight in order to first fit in the car,” said Chandhok, who as Team Lotus’ reserve driver is tipped to contest India’s inaugural grand prix late next month.
The FIA on Friday sounded confident ahead of India’s inaugural grand prix next month.
With the Buddh circuit still to be formally homologated by the governing body, a Spanish newspaper this week said the situation at the Delhi site is “alarming”. Photos appeared to show that the track is “not only not complete but very far from it”, the Marca daily reported.
There could be a second Indian on the grid in Delhi next month, Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes admits.
It has already emerged that Narain Karthikeyan will be reunited with his HRT cockpit when India stages its inaugural formula one race. And his countryman Chandhok, who has already replaced Jarno Trulli this year at the Nurburgring, could be a second Indian racing around the new Buddh circuit.
Martin Whitmarsh on Friday played down reports the inaugural Indian grand prix could be called off due to a tax issue.