This year’s Force India has broken cover in the Barcelona pit-lane, ahead of the start of the first pre-season test.
The VJM09 is an evolution of its predecessor – the car which took the team to fifth place in last year’s championship, including a podium finish at the Russian Grand Prix. As well as stable regulations, the team has chosen to stick with its line-up with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg on hand to help reveal the car. They were joined by Alfonso Celis Jr who will be the team’s test and reserve driver this year. He is in the car for two days during the first pre-season test.
“You can say the b-spec car from last year formed a basis on which to build our 2016 one,” Technical Director Andrew Green explained. “We were in a situation in which the performance on track was very good, and in which the data we were getting correlated well to what we were expecting, so we knew we could continue to develop on a solid platform. With the regulations likely to change for 2017, it didn’t really seem like an efficient use of our resources to start from scratch on a project that would have such a limited lifetime.”
The team’s colours remain the same for the season ahead. “The colours reflect our partners and heritage,” Team Principal Vijay Mallya revealed. “Although I’m biased, I think our car is one of the best looking on the grid and that’s why I wanted to keep a consistent look for 2016. As they say – ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.”
“I want us to begin 2016 in the same way we ended 2015,” he continued. “Our technical team is excited about the progress we have made over the winter and there’s every reason to believe we can stay at the front of the midfield battle.”
For the season ahead the team has aero updates planned in time for the first race of the season along with another step for the start of the European season.