Force India F1 team unveils its 2017 challenger..
Securing their highest best season performance ever last year with a fourth place in the Constructor’s standings, this team has moved optimistically ahead into the new year with their brand new car. Last year I had interviewed Vijay Mallya, Otmar Szafnauer, and Nico Hulkenberg (ex-driver) and everytime I spoke to them there was a sense of positivity when it came to securing the fourth and the money that would help them the following year.
Looking at their new car, it seems they have been able to develop the car according to the 2017 regulations and unveil it on time. The VJM 10 features a familiar snorkle styled nose with two eyelets, a feature carried on from the VJM09 and a more radical one from the standard thumb-tipped noses seen so far. Technical Director Andy Green, explained it saying “It is a different looking nostril as we had last year – the same philosophy. We just opened it up a little bit more’. The livery caries a similar design of silver overtones blended with black undertones and the indian tricolour accents as its predecessors. The central fin is silver, and the rear wing i mounted lower than its 2016 predecessor. The engine box cover however lacks aesthetics, when compared with the other cars that have launched so far.Front and rear suspension are designed around the push-rod concept which will play to their advantage, while the rear diffuser area has been camouflaged to not let away too much. Most team are hiding their diffuser concepts, and it will only be unveiled at the tests in Barcelona. Overall some have termed this car as not one of the most appealing VJM’s launched so far by the team.
When it comes to Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul aiming for an ambitious fifth place this year, Vijay Mallya replied saying the Frenchman might have to bite his words later in the season and said “Not the amount of arms you have it’s the quality of your weaponry.” The Silverstone outfit is bullish about punching above its weight and are targeting breaking into the top three this year. With their driver line-up comprising of Sergio Perez who has been retained for a fifth time, new recruit Esteban Ocon, and reserve Alfonso Celis, it will be interesting to see how they manage those podiums. Their young driver Esteban is said to have gained an added 5 kilos of muscle in two months of training, to prep for higher grip levels this year.
As far as sponsors on the livery go, they have several new partners namely FXTM who are a company that deal with state-of-the-art forex tools, Foresight & Vision, Farah menswear, and Orange Bus added ro the existing list of partners.
Here’s a gallery of the launch: