dilbagh gill q&a

He’s the man who brought us all together, the man who lives and breathes #passioneering… But just how well do you know Mahindra Racing’s Team Principal Dilbagh Gill? We tracked him down to ask some tell-all questions.

Why did you decide to get into motorsport?

I was always keen on motorsport and participated in the Indian National Rally Championship, first on bikes and then in cars, with very limited success. My enthusiasm was always far ahead of my talent! I guess I may be the youngest ever driver in India to participate in a national event at 17. The driving license was a bit dodgy. 

Why did you join the Mahindra Racing team? 

I love starting companies and Mahindra Racing seemed and continues to be a very interesting opportunity. I was looking for a challenge after programme managing the FIFA World Cup in 2010 in South Africa and Formula E seemed to tick the boxes.

What’s been your favourite place to visit with Formula E so far?

Hong Kong and Punta del Este

What three items would you want when stranded on a desert island?

Internet, a Baja truck and Beer

Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?

Fly – I want to be able to get places quicker.

If you could only eat one meal for year, what would it be?

Chicken Biriyani 

Who would be your dream five dinner party guests (dead or alive)?

Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and John Lennon – I think there would be good conversation at this dinner.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

The small Pacific Island states. I am fascinated by these micro countries which are far away from everything. Sometimes I would like to just go back to the “Simple Life”.