The Force India team has set up a new academy for young drivers, in the aim of guiding talent in India. Named the "hunt for one from a billion," the program will begin this month with trials in seven cities across India, giving children aged between 14 and 17 the chance to drive a kart.
The 14 quickest in each city will be chosen to compete in a grand finale at Silverstone, where they will undergo a program which includes driver tuition, media training, and other activities. Ten drivers will then be selected to complete their Silverstone experience with a race in Formula Silverstone cars, with three winners to be announced in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
"The setting up of the Force India F1 Team Academy is a historic milestone in the sports arena in India," said Force India boss Vijay Mallya (ABOVE). "It marks the first time that anyone has ever embarked on such an ambitious program in India.
"Our goal is to create a pool of talent and groom aspirants who show exceptional promise by providing them with the necessary corporate funding and support. Our programs will provide a clear professional career path in motorsport so that one day our selected candidates are able to represent India in the international arena and hopefully bring glory to the nation."