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Force India Launch VJM10 In England

Photo courtesy of Force India

Photo courtesy of Force India

After finishing an impressive fourth last season in the formula one constructor’s championship, Team Force India launched their new challenger, the VJM10, Wednesday afternoon in front of the world’s media at Silverstone, England.

A president who was in trouble with the law and another one who had huge amounts of debt did not deter the team from going from nobody’s in 2009, to finishing regularly in 2014, which gave the Indian sponsored squad their best finish ever. However, this season will be a huge fight as Sauber, Williams, Haas, Toro Rosso and Renault are all out to make this year’s formula one constructor’s battle from 4th on downwards very tight as the teams try and get used to the new rules and regulations.

“Under promise and Overdeliver,” stated Vijay Mallya, team principal of Force India when asked for his mail goal for this year.

“Many commentators of the sport have always said we punch well above our weight, and to add to that that we’re world champions in terms of money spent is a huge compliment,” Mallya said to ESPN F1. “It speaks volumes for the passion, the creativity and the talent of everyone at the factory. This passion is only going to get more intense and the passion to improve further is going to be pretty relevant in 2017.”

The livery of this year’s model is covered in silver more than it was in the previous seasons. It features the long, shark fin, which has been characteristic of most cars. The car also has a m-shaped nose end, which many other teams have done away with. The Mercedes engine, which last year, was also a factor in the team’s success, will continue again this season. Sponsors such as Hype energy drink, remains on the car, along with Mexican suppliers Telmex and Claro. Newcomers include fashion brand Forah, forex trading platform FXTM, and digital partner Orange Bus.

Sergio Perez returns to the team for his third season, and has placed on the podium at least once during each of his seasons with the team. Nico Hulkenberg has left for Renault, and replacing him was the test driver for that team last year, Frenchman Esteban Ocon, who will be in his first season as a full-time driver.

The squad achieved much last season, due to a reliable motor and some consistent finishes. However, the team can only hope that this can return. However, to most experts, other teams in this midfield can give Force India a good battle that might see the team having to adjust to get back to where they were before.

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Mark Gero
Mark Gero has written formula one racing stories since 2002 on the Internet for such sites as Motorsport.com, Racing Information Service News and for a brief time at the Munich Eye newspaper in Munich, Germany along with Autoweek online. Mark also has a diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism in London, England and in addition a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.