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GP Week : Issue 44
At the end of the day we were embarking upon a direction that Mike Gascoyne didn’t necessarily agree with >>F1 insight Sometimes you have somebody like Sachin Tendulkar who is recognised as one of the world’s greatest batsmen. But when he’s out of form he’s out of form and he doesn’t get any runs. When he’s in form he’s the Master Blaster. So I wouldn’t hold anything against Kevin. Maybe he’s just not in the right nick at this time because he is capable of being a match winner all on his own. If de Villiers can score a century, Brendan McCullum can score the fastest 50 or whatever he did, Kevin Pietersen is capable of every bit of that. But it just hasn’t clicked yet for us. But we have a very, very strong batting line-up, we just haven’t been able to put runs on board. Our best effort so far has been 167, which is not very good for a team of our calibre on paper. Because if you look at it, we have a great line-up on paper and we should be pushing 200 in every match and we always seen to be 20 to 40 runs short of a fighting total. But that’s cricket. Let’s see. We saw the way England performed in the West Indies – nothing to write home about. But what’s to say that will be repeated in England? Maybe England will bounce right back. The IPL still has a long way to go. We’ve only done five matches and we have only two points. I was hoping for at least four, but who knows? If everything comes good and the batsmen find their form we can win the next two or three on the trot. You’re a man with a lot of interests: Formula 1, cricket, airlines, a brewery chain, etc. How do you find time for it all? I’ve got good people, good management. I delegate to good people. I believe a company is only as good as its people and if you have top class professionals running the show you don’t need to look over their shoulders on a daily basis. You give them direction, give them the freedom to execute and hold them accountable and that’s it. It’s not like I need to be sitting behind my desk looking through bundles of mail and paperwork on a daily basis. Plus today is a world of modern communication. Everybody’s got a Blackberry and it works pretty well. I read in the paper yesterday that President Obama has now got his new security enabled Blackberry, so if the President of the United States can use a Blackberry for his communication then my needs are pretty pedestrian compared to his. One final question. You touched on it early when we talked about Vettel and support of the smaller teams… but just how popular is Formula 1 and the Force India F1 Team becoming in India? Force India represents new India and the aspirations of new India. Basically we have a huge population of 1.2 billion people, but we have a very strong middle of class of 300 million people, which as you know is the size of Europe. We have a very young demographic. Over 500 million people are under 30, 400 million people are under 18. These are the people who have a better per capita income, better education, better jobs, and they all love cricket. Cricket is a religion in India. However they want something that is aspirational, and that is where F1 fits like a glove and it is happening. As I said, once that grand prix takes place in India in 2011 I think that you will see an explosion in the fan following for Formula 1. 33