Force India Launch 2011 Car
Force India have launched there 2011 car, the VJM-04 online at the teams official website. The Force India F1 Team are hoping the new VJM-04 can build on their most successful season to date in 2010, when they secured nine top ten starts and 15 points scoring finishes, to give them seventh position overall in the constructors' championship. A remarkable step forward for a team which is only 3 years old. Speaking about the teams success so far, chairman and team principal Dr Vijay Mallya said, “2010 was an exceptional year for the team, 68 points overall, seventh in the championship with only teams who had previously won world titles ahead of us, which demonstrated we are still on target to achieve our goals.” Mallya continued adding that “this year there is even more to be optimistic about. We've got three race drivers that are hungry to take the next steps in their careers, whether that be points, podiums or wins. We have an experienced technical team that have the ingenuity, flexibility and drive to adapt to the new wave of rule changes, and we also have the tools and resources in our partnerships with McLaren Applied Technologies and Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines to aim even higher.” The team principal also spoke of his excitement for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011, Mallya said “I personally can't wait for, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. What better place would there be to reach some of those aims than on our home soil?” Force India driver, Adrian Sutil added, “I'm genuinely excited about the 2011 season. I just missed out on the top 10 last year in the drivers' standings – I'm pretty hopeful I can get in there this season! The progress the team has shown over the past two years has been very impressive and what I've seen in the factory and at the wind tunnel over the past weeks indicates that the rate will continue this year. I feel very good and confident; the team and I know each other very well and we know how to get the most from each other.” Whilst F1 rookie, Paul di Resta commented, “I don't want to say exact targets on record as there are so many factors that can come into play. What I do want to do is to have a positive approach, finish, be consistent and contribute strongly to the team's overall performance. We've got high aims of finishing in a good constructors' championship position and I know that I've got to play my part in this.” Meanwhile, the team most recent signing, Nico Hülkenberg said, “I'm really looking forward to this season and working with the team. We still need some time to fit together perfectly, but the start was very promising and finding each other will not take too long. I can't wait to sit in the car and work with the team again.” The VJM-04 is the third generation Force India to feature a Mercedes engine and McLaren hydraulics. The new car features a similar airbox configuration to last year's Mercedes and this year's Lotus, and it is also the first car to be overseen by new technical director Andy Green after James Key and Adam Smith left the team. Force India’s new car will make its track debut on Thursday when the second pre-season tests get underway in Jerez.