11 Sep 2009

No room for sentimentality at Force India

5:54 am on 11 September 2009

Force India will give Indian driver Karun Chandhok a chance to prove he is good enough to drive in Formula One but will not hand him a race seat based on his nationality alone.

Team boss Vijay Mallya made the announcement after the sport's supremo Bernie Ecclestone said the team should have chosen Chandhok to replace Giancarlo Fisichella when the Italian switched to Ferrari.

Ecclestone thinks the move would help boost the build-up for India's inaugural grand prix in 2011, but Force India instead named reserve driver Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi as a replacement for this week's grand prix at Monza.

Mallya says the entire issue has "got too dramatised" and Chandhok must win some GP2 races and come out good in the F1 simulator first.

India does not have a driver in the series currently.