"For Renault, India is a strategic market for the future. We have three strategic markets — India, Russia and Brazil — in the future. So, to race here is very important. We are building a huge factory in Chennai and it is a pleasure to race here and I hope that the engine will be, probably, winning," said Renault managing director Jean Francois Caubet.
For Indian-turned-Austrian and co-owner of Sauber, Monisha Kaltenborn, coming back to the country of her roots was a special experience. “I am very excited to have this now between the job and the country where I come from," she said. Monisha appreciated the Indian media for the extensive and exclusive coverage of F1 in the build-up to the race's debut in the country.
Vijay Mallya, co-owner of home team Sahara Force India, said the Indian Grand Prix was a dream come true for him. "Over 30 years ago, I drove my Ensign F1 car here and I never thought I would ever see an F1 car race around India."
"When I acquired Spyker, I renamed it Force India and there was a lot of strategy and meaning behind it as it was meant to put India on the F1 map," he said.
Mallya further said that, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) General Assembly which will be held in Delhi from December 5-9 this year, would also boost the sport in the country.