Nov 8, 2008

Sport - F1;Force India snaps tie with Ferrari

New Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) Determined to do better in the next season, Force India today formally snapped ties with Ferrari and is all set to ink a new deal with McLaren-Mercedes as its engine supplier for the 2009 season. The Vijay Mallya-owned outfit announced in a statement that Force India requested Ferrari to prematurely terminate the deal, which was scheduled to expire in 2010.

"The agreement signed in 2007 also provided for a supply of engines in 2009 but will now terminate ahead of schedule at the request of Force India," the statement said. "Force India wishes to thank Ferrari for its much appreciated and valued support to date, which has always been carried out at the highest level; technically and professionally and within an excellent relationship," it added.

Though the Force India camp is tight-lipped about the deal with McLaren, sources said the outfit would reveal the details in the next few days. Before the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, Mallya had disclosed that talks were on with McLaren and ruled out the possibility of any bitterness following a premature snapping of ties with Ferrari.

"Ferrari and us are very, very close friends, we have an excellent relationship. We have told them exactly what we want.

We are in discussion. They are aware that I have talked to McLaren, so everything is completely transparent from our point of view," Mallya had said.


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