|Paul di Resta, Brazil 2012|
Force India in crisis. According to some, the English team is on the verge of total collapse.
Vijay Mallya, the team principal who in 2007 bought the dutch Spyker, has run into serious financial difficulties with his companies and cannot support his team any longer. According to OneIndia, Mallya's airline, Kingfisher, is in dire straights having failed to meet yet another reorganization plan demanded by Indian Civil Aviation authorities. Other businesses Mallya is involved in, United Spirits and Diageo (owners of the Johnny Walker brand among many others) are also in some trouble.
In 2005, Ecclestone was instrumental in keeping what was Jordan in F1 when it got into trouble. At the end of that season, Jordan, the team where Schumacher started his F1 career, was bought by Midland, owned by the Russian-Canadian Alex Shnaider. Shnaider only lasted one year before giving up and selling the spot to Spyker's Michael Mol. A failure as well, the team was bought by Mallya at the end on 2007. Mallya had ample pockets and this gave the team some stability but in the past few months this has all changed.
There is talk of a possible return of Colin Kolles, dentist and manager trusted by Ecclestone who was already involved in operations at Jordan and HRT. Another name floating about is that of Flavio Briatore.
Paul di Resta, confirmed for 2013 has been telling the press he could not explain why it was taking so long for the team to name a second driver. That second seat at Force India, or whatever it will be called if Ecclestone's operations are successful, will certainly be sold at a very high price, possibly as an expensive training spot for Ferrari's Jules Bianchi?
(via Massimo Costa/ItaliaRacing)
UPDATE: Plot thickens, in essence from the german text, team spokesman predictably denies but evidence exists of a deal to sell the team....