These statements came after populist demanded Karun should be handed a race seat at the team although the Chennai driver did not have an F1 super license.
"My job is to make sure that the team is successful. Whichever driver I need, that is completely my decision. I want someone to convince me and justify the drama about this Indian driver thing," Mallya said.
"The fact remains, right now no Indian driver is good enough for Formula One," he added.
"Force India carries the hope of a billion and I too would love to have an Indian driver but he must be good enough.
"There is no rule, even though some people trying or propagate otherwise, that you have to have a driver of particular nationality. We need only the best drivers to get the maximum performance," he added.