Extradition will have no effect on Force India, says Mallya

Sahara Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya has said that there is no danger to his Formula 1 team, should he be brought back to India.

"We have the best team in place and it will continue," he said during the run-up to the British Grand Prix.

"The team is more than stable and has excellent management. Even if I were to be sent back to India for a temporary period of time, nothing is going to go wrong here," the businessman added.

Mallya has been living in the United Kingdom for more than a year now. The Indian authorities are seeking his extradition and he faces trial in India for defaulting on loans. He has been declared a willful defaulter and his companies owe banks around $1 billion.  

"I’m not making any predictions on the court judgments," he said.

"It will suffice to say that I know enough that the judge has to be presented with evidence and hard evidence is what talks and not allegations, conjectures and all this media rhetoric.

"So, the bottom line is that I represent my case and response to the judge, who will then decide. I have the ability to read and so does the prosecution," he added. 

The liquor baron, whose company Kingfisher Airlines was grounded in 2012, expressed confidence that his businesses were safe.

"All businesses are under competent management and everything will work as I want," he remarked. "That is for my other businesses as well as Formula 1 is not my only business.

"If you are worried about me, then you should be worried with everything that is associated with me."

Mallya is looking to change the name of the team, but insists that it has nothing to do with his present legal situation. He has maintained that it is more to do with attracting sponsors. 

Additional reporting by Jonathan Noble

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