Friday, March 11, 2011

F1 Constructor: Force India

(Force India VJM04 – Source:

Launch Date/Venue: February 8 - Internet
Name: Force India F1 Team
Base: Silverstone, England; UK
Former Team Names: Jordan, MF1/Midland, Spyker
Prior Years: 1991-2007
Debut Race: 1991 Australian GP
Constructors Titles: 0
Drivers Titles: 0
2010 Standings: 7th; 68-points
2010 Chassis: VJM03

Team Principal: Vijay Mallya
Technical Director: Andrew Green
Seasons: 4 (2008-Present)
First Race: 2008 Australian GP*
Races: 54
Wins: 0
Poles: 1
(Note: Statistics from 2008-Present)

Model: VJM04
Engine: Mercedes Benz FO 108 (2011-spec)
((Upgraded for KERS installation)
Gearbox: McLaren

No. 14: Adrian Sutil; Germany
No. 15: R-Paul di Resta; United Kingdom (Scotland)
Test/Reserve Driver) Nico Hulkenberg

I’ll be interested to see how the new Force India stacks up against the competition, and especially how new recruit Paul di Resta fares this year...

Unfortunately, it seems like once again the Silverstone based team is garnering more media attention Off-track then upon it, having just had a 2012-date selected for another nefarious lawsuit – which I’d prefer to think is a waste of time, since the logic over the harsh claims towards Team Lotus’s Tony fernandes, Mike Gascoyne and Jean Claude Migeot’s Aerolab Srl seem far-fetched to Mwah... Basically just another stalling tactic by Mr. Vijay Mallya, who seems loathe paying any of his bills on time!

As for the VJM04 racecar, its apparently using a muted blade-type Rollhoop structure, a la its arch rival Team Lotus’s T-128 design; Hmm? Mallya & Co aren’t trying to say that Gascoyne copied this too, eh? As this is the first new chassis designed under the tutelage of new Technical Director Andrew Green, as James Key departed for the same position over at Sauber.

Green says that the Rollhoop is the most notable change, whilst the majority of changes occur underneath the VJM04’s skin – i.e.; Mercedes Benz derived KERS system, along with the requisite rules revisions, whilst the exhaust exits are also probably in a state-of-flux...

Force India unveils VJM04

Force India VJM04: Pictures

Force India VJM04: Launch notes