Force India drivers looking forward to the Indian F1 GP: Kingfisher staff looking forward to see owner Vijay Mallya
Force India Formula 1 drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta, aged 25 and 26 years respectively, have revealed that they are eager to deliver their best performance at the Indian GP this weekend. Last year, at the Indian F1 GP, Nico did not race as he was Force India’s reserve driver while Paul di Resta did race and finished 13th.
This year, before entering the Indian GP, Force India sits on the seventh spot with 89 points on the constructors’ table, Resta scoring 44 and Nico 45. At the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida this weekend, both Nico and Paul want to succeed in front of the home crowd. They are to deliver their best performance this year at the BIC.
As far as preparing the Indian F1 circuit is concerned, the management has left no stone unturned. New machinery has been flown in specially to clear the dust off the race track. The 5.14 kms long circuit is ready to host the 2012 Formula One Airtel Indian Grand Prix.
With a total of 16 corners and an elevation that ranges from 0-14 meters, BIC is amongst the five fastest F1 circuits in the world today. F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has compared the BIC to Spa Francorchamps, which hosts the Belgian GP. Pastor Maldonado has stated that BIC is among st his favorite race track in the calendar.
Apart from the Formula 1 fans in India, there many who probably are looking forward to the 2012 Indian GP with even more eagerness. They are the employees of Kingfisher Airlines. Vijay Mallya, the co-owner of British based F1 team, Force India, is also the troubled Indian airline, Kingfisher. whose employees of which have not been paid their salaries since March this year.
Kingfisher staff is frustrated even more at the public display of their employer Vijay Mallya and his son Siddhartha’ opulent lifestyle. The employees have threatened to go on a dharna just outside the BIC on the race day if the management fails to pay their salary till June 2012 by 26th Oct 2012. It is still not certain whether Mallya will attend the Indian GP or give it a miss. In the history of F1, for the first time, we might get to see a dharna at the entrance of BIC, after all its F1 in India.