Force India VJM10 presented in Silverstone

Force India VJM10 presented in Silverstone

Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 Launch
Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 Launch

Force India VJM10 was presented in Silverstone. The drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon unveiled the car with which the team will race in 2017.

The Force India VJM10’s new aerodynamic package is guaranteed to get heads turning, while the silver and orange livery retains the team’s traditional colours with a fresh twist

Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, was the first to praise the VJM10:

“I can’t remember being more excited ahead of a new season. The VJM10 looks aggressive and purposeful, and is the result of a huge effort behind the scenes over the last twelve months. We have big hopes for this car, which looks stunning in its new livery.”

With a complete overhaul of technical regulations, the VJM10 represents a clean sheet of paper in terms of design. “This year the cars are completely new and nothing can be carried over from previous years,” explained Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer. “Although we have completely new aerodynamics on the VJM10, it’s fair to say that our aero philosophy is very similar to 2015 and 2016.”

Technical Director Andrew Green explained how the team has relished the challenge presented by the new rules and expects huge scope for in-season development:

“It’s definitely a big overhaul; one that requires a change in mentality. It took a bit of time to adjust at first. I am confident we know where to look and where the performance is coming from with this car. The development slope is incredibly steep. We are going to see significant updates to the cars at regular intervals, right from the start. It’s going to be big updates and I don’t think development will start to taper off any time soon.”

Vijay Mallya remained cautious on setting a target for the season, preferring to reserve judgement until the racing begins:

“Simply repeating our performance level of 2016 will be a big task in itself. I don’t want to set goals or targets other than to say that we intend to maintain the momentum we have built up in recent years and carry it into the new season. There are too many unknowns to say more than this.”