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Force India team boss Vijay Mallya has hailed the inaugural Indian Grand Prix as the biggest in the team's history.

Dr. Mallya first brought a Formula One car over to India in the 1980s and the weekend marks the fulfilment of a dream to see his home nation host a grand prix.

"This weekend is a very significant moment and I'm extremely proud," said Mallya. "It's a major step forward for Indian motorsport and for sport in general in our country. We are all looking forward to it immensely. This is a very important weekend for Sahara Force India and we are all determined to be as competitive as possible. I want to savour every moment of what will surely be one of the most spectacular events of the season and the start of a great Formula One tradition in India.

"There is already great interest in Formula One in India, but having our own race has created a real buzz and will take the sport to an even wider audience. As soon as the ticket sales were announced, people were clamouring to buy them."

For veteran driver Adrian Sutil, the race also marks a special moment as he has seen the team develop and grow since his first race for Force India in 2008.

"It will be a very special moment," said Sutil. "I've been with this team since the beginning and seen the progress we have made together, so it's a proud moment to be starting the Indian Grand Prix with the only Indian team. I'm sure sitting on the grid will feel a bit different and I will always remember this race. I think based on our recent performances we go to Delhi believing we can score points, and we need to do that to strengthen our position in the championship."

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