Mallya’s Force India to get £50-million investment boost to move up F1 grid
“We had a board meeting in India after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the board has approved a £50-million capital investment programme for the team,” he said in a preview for Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. "We are going to invest heavily in new technology and give more tools to our design team to try and move further up the grid.”
Liquor and aviation tycoon Mallya is principal of the British-based team that he co-owns with the Sahara Group, who have a 42.5% stake.
Force India are seventh overall on 99 points, 25 behind sixth-placed Sauber and 23 ahead of Williams in eighth, and are almost certain to stay in that position now unless they or Williams have an astonishing result on Sunday.
They finished sixth last year, but with only 69 points, and their current tally is the most they have managed since Mallya bought the struggling Spyker (previously Jordan) team in 2007. "Every year we've demonstrated that we've gone up the ladder," said Mallya. "And we've taken fairly significant steps, not just baby steps. Given the tools that we have, which are mostly of the Jordan era, we have done exceptionally well."
Sahara invested $100 million in Force India when they bought into the team in October 2011 and Mallya has said the money would be paid in three tranches over three years
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