Force India boss claims Mallya’s troubles don’t affect team

(L to R): Robert Fernley (GBR) Sahara Force India Formula One Team with Otmar Szafnauer (USA) Sahara Force India Formula One Team Chief Operating Officer. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice Day, Friday 28 October 2011.

Robert Fernley with Vijay Mallya

Boss and co-owner Vijay Mallya’s high profile financial difficulties 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.

Referring on Thursday to team supremo Mallya’s troubles, Force India’s Bob Fernley said: “There is a disconnect between what happens in Vijay’s business and what Vijay is doing on the F1 team.

“Whether Kingfisher or United Spirits is doing well or not doesn’t affect the team, and it’s very difficult for us to get that message across, although we have been trying for several years,” he is quoted by the Guardian newspaper.

  • Adam

    Mr Greedy, Mallya is about to go for a big tumble… anyone working for or supplying his team had better receive cash on delivery or up front…

  • jetpack

    We’ll see Monday, when FI either is presenting drivers with paycheques or with talent…

  • Kumar

    Its Bob Fernley who is disconnected from reality. Everything effects everything. Mallya is in big trouble under a mountain of debt and co owner Sahara is also in deep trouble with the regulators in India. And what Adam has said here is true as well.