If all goes well, 2014 could go down in
history as THE YEAR for Dr. Vijay Mallya. After four races in the current season,
his team Sahara Force India-Mercedes is performing relatively well and in the Constructors
Title chase, it is No.3 with 54 points among the teams in Formula One. They are
closely tailed by Ferrari with 52 points. Its driver Nico Hulkenberg stands
fourth in the Driver Championship with 36 points, while teammate Sergio Perez
is 10th with 18 points.
So where did it all start for Dr.
Mallya? We need to rewind to the year 2007. In 2007, the Formula One grid in
Australia was a little different from what it had been in the past. For the
first time ever, an Indian owned team was present to compete for the
championship. Force India made its debut with the VJM01, using the owner Vijay
Mallya’s initials to name the car followed by version number. But this wasn’t
the first time F1 had an Indian touch to it.
Since 1981, this team was owned by the
Irish businessman Eddie Jordan named Jordan Grand Prix. The team gave the first
drive to one of the greatest F1 driver the world had ever seen. Jordan gave
Michael Schumacher his debut race. The Jordan GP cars were also driven by great
world champions and greats like Damon Hill, Jean Alesi, Rubens Barichello,
Eddie Irvine, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher and many more of the
likes. In 2005, came an Indian fellow named Narain Karthikeyan.
detailed story in May 2014 issue of Motown India magazine
photo of Dr Vijay Mallya / Photography Mohd. Nasir
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