Airline crisis won't affect Sahara Force India: Mallya

May 25, 2012, 09:38 IST | PA Sport

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya is adamant he is as passionate as ever about his Formula One team and insists the funds are in place for their long-term survival.

Speculation had arisen Force India were struggling to make ends meet, in particular with Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines in debt to the tune of £830 million. It was expected, in order to assist his ailing airline, Mallya would potentially pull the plug on his interests in Force India.

Vijay Mallya

Dismissing the gossip, Mallya said: “Now what you read, and what you gather from what you read, is something I don’t care to comment on. But I have sporting interests, and I’m passionately involved in all of them. “Sahara Force India is independent, fully funded and is a joint venture between the Sahara Group and myself.

“There was a significant capital infusion at the end of last year, there will be another from the Sahara Group next year. With regard to my other sporting interests, I was at every IPL cricket game, as every passionate Indian would be. My team (Royal Challengers Bangalore) performed well, although it was a little disappointing at the end. “We had been semi-finalists for four years running, but we were fifth this year.” 

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