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Force India may miss Melbourne opener - report

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Force India may miss Melbourne opener - report
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Feb 2, 2015, 9:08 AM

Rumours about the health of the Force India team are continuing to worsen.

The Sahara Force India F1 Team 2015 livery is revealed
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1
Federico Alaman, Director General de Automovilismo Deportivo de CIE; Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 and team mate Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1 at a press conference
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 with team mate Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1
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Force India 2015 livery
Dr. Vijay Mallya, Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner
The 2015 Sahara Force India F1 Team livery is revealed
(L to R): Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1 with team mate Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1

The Silverstone based squad has not fully explained its absence from the Jerez test this week.

On social media, German driver Nico Hulkenberg posted a photo of himself training in the snow, remarking: "If I can't be at Jerez I'm getting myself into shape at 3000m."

And on Sunday, as his rivals pounded around Jerez, he posted another photo of himself watching the tennis on television.

Money issue?

Ralf Bach, a correspondent for Sport Bild and TZ Munchen who now writes on his own blog f1-insider.com, said he has learned that Force India's Jerez absence is "because it has no monocoque" for the new VJM08 car.

He said Force India has not been delivered the 2015 monocoque by carbon supplier EOM "because bills have not been paid".

Bach claims Force India's overall debts are in the order of 50 million euros, including engine and tyre suppliers Mercedes and Pirelli.

"Making the season opener in Melbourne is now virtually impossible," Bach quoted a team source as saying.

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