Force India, the leading independent Formula 1 team, is struggling for survival.
That is the claim of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, following the departure from the Silverstone based team’s board of boss and founder Vijay Mallya.
No real impact
“It doesn’t really have any impact on the team. The day to day operations continue on under the management, as they’ve always done over the years.
Vijay’s decision is purely a personal one, but from a Force India point of view it really is business as usual,” said deputy boss Bob Fernley.
However, that may not be precisely true. Auto Motor und Sport claims that Formula 1 Management, controlled by Liberty Media, is “currently helping out with a loan”.
The report added that Mallya stepped down “in return”.
Auto Motor und Sport said “five buyers” are shaping up to buy the embattled team, and they may include British energy drink Rich Energy, Mercedes and Force India title sponsor BWT.