Mallya slams Red Bull ‘Cheats’


Force India Co-Owner Vijay Mallya has slammed Red Bull after both of their cars were excluded from Abu Dhabi qualifying for running an illegal front wing. The two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were excluded from the results of qualifying after the front wing flaps of both cars were found faulty and illegal during a post-session inspection.

Mallya along with Gerard Lopez of Lotus and Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn – met with Bernie Ecclestone and CVC chairman Donald Mackenzie to discuss the current distribution of funds and said the smaller teams had got the attention of F1’s owners. Then, following Red Bull’s exclusion from qualifying for running illegal front wing flaps, Mallya was criticise the four-time world champions.

In a series of tweets, Mallya hit back at Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who recently said that cash-strapped teams such as Force India should ”not turn up to a gunfight with a banana”.

A big F1 team that says we small outfits should not come with bananas to a gun fight, grabs maximum money and cheats on the regulations

— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) November 22, 2014

Arrogance and a superiority complex on the part of those who are paid to be in F1 should not dilute or colour those who pay to be in F1

— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) November 22, 2014

Have holders of purse strings and decision makers in F1 become slaves to the whims of the big boys and the contracts? What about F1 sport?

— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) November 22, 2014

Mallya had made clear that he was not happy with some of the comments made by other team owners, especially those who do not have any ownership of the team.

He said, “Some of the team principals who are paid to be here and do not pay to be here like some of us, have made some disparaging and very arrogant remarks. One thing that comes out is that we go to gunfight with bananas. Well, I say it’s all very well and enjoy the banana right now, but a time will come when the banana will become a nuisance.”

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