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Mallya’s son eyes future in F1 management

Vijay Mallya’s son has admitted he will venture into the world of formula one team management in the future.

23-year-old Sidhartha Mallya, with a business degree obtained in London, is already a company director of his billionaire father’s United Breweries, and he runs the Indian cricket team Royal Challengers.

But his 54-year-old father owns and heads the F1 team Force India, sparking speculation Sidhartha Mallya’s future is on the pitwall.

He told the Deccan Chronicle: “It’s easier to manage a cricket team than F1.  (Cricket series) IPL is a short season, but the F1 calendar is spread across nine months.

“To get the team in shape is a lot of hard work and energy.  Due to my commitments within the UB group, I am unable to dedicate 100 per cent to racing at present,” said Sidhartha Mallya.

“The transition into F1 will happen in the future,” he conceded, while indicating that motor racing is not his foremost passion.

Said Mallya: “After seeing the big-hitting and thrill-a-minute twenty20 (cricket) matches, watching a car go around the circuit for about 65 laps is hopelessly boring.”