Sergio Perez takes the new VJM07 for a cruise at Jerez on Day-1 of winter testing. (Image source: f1fanatic.co.uk)
Although I haven't actually been able to S-E-E the new striking livery of this year's Force India VJM07, but have read that its new predominant colour is jet black with India's traditional green, white and orange being retained, whilst two major Mexican sponsors now adorn the flanks of the new racecar - which certainly "Mr. Playah," nee Vijay Mallya, the initials in the cars type designation will enjoy this cash infusion as he's still apparently a 'Wee bit short on funds these days...
As the new sponsors are a direct result of the hiring of Mexico's Sergio Perez who was ejected from his McLaren drive after only a single season; as Force India sports an all new driver line-up with the return of thee "Incredible Hulk," nee Nico Hulkenberg who's effectively swapped seats with his German countryman Adrian Sutil who replaces him at Sauber, whilst I've read how Jules Bianchi or was it "JEV," aka Jean-Eric Vergne or both? Who wanted the coveted No. 27 - but Hulkenberg finished ahead of both of them and hence got the number first.
Also new to the driving roster is Daniel Juncadella, as the team's official "Simulator Jockey;" Err test/reserve driver, having previously tested for Williams in the F1 Young Driver tests before joining the team for '14 whilst racing for Mercedes in the DTM in 2013 - and will keep his day job in 2014 along with attending all Formula 1 races, taking part in Pre-season tests and Friday morning sessions at Grand Prix's.
And the car's new snout; Err front nose is all the rage by apparently mimicking an Anteater thanks to the new rules and their interpretation of them - as this is one of the team's I'm rootin' for this year, since although I don't think it'll happen again, nevertheless, this is the Minnowesqe F1 team which almost beat the mighty McLaren International for fifth place in the Constructor's championship last year!
Team: Force India
Engine: Mercedes Benz
11) Sergio Perez
27) Nico Hulkenberg