Vijay Mallya’s son has admitted that he will follow in his father’s footsteps into the world Vijay & Siddarth Mallyaof Formula 1 management at some point in the future.

New York born Siddarth, 23, has a business degree from London’s Queen Mary University and is already a company director of his father’s United Breweries consortium and runs the day-to-day operations of his father’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket team, the Royal Challengers.

And with his billionaire father heading up Kingfisher Airlines and the Force India F1 team, rumours have been sparked that a succession plan will be on the cards in future.

But is he the right man for the job?

“It’s easier to manage a cricket team than F1,” he recently told the Deccan Chronicle. “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,” he added.

“The transition into F1 will happen in the future.”

But Siddartha’s not particularly enthusiastic about Formula 1 to begin with…

“After seeing the big-hitting and thrill-a-minute Twenty20 matches, watching a car go around the circuit for about 65 laps is hopelessly boring,” he concedes.

Might need to rethink this particular arrangement…

[Original image via CrickBlog]

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Richard Bailey

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