…Chandhok also slammed Mallya's driver search program, insisting that "you are not going to find the next Indian star by running events in single-engined four-stroke rental karts on 400-meter tracks made out of concrete."
http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/ ... rce-india/
This raises an interesting question— How do you look for a great driver, someone who is equal or better to Hamilton/Alonso/Vettel?
Traditional formula car series are expensive. The initial talent pool, even in lower levels (Formula Ford, Formula Renault), is selected on the basis of money rather than talent. Then, within that context, the best talent rises to the top. But perhaps only 1% of the population can afford to put themselves in the initial talent pool.
Accessing and evaluating talent in the other 99% of the population would require a MUCH more financially effective approach. This rules out starting with formula car driving or even Kart driving.
How would you try to find any of the 99 Lewis Hamiltons who can’t afford to start racing on their own? Assume your budget was $10 million, a typical amount to fund a single driver from Karts through GP2.