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“Maintain the momentum” – Force India aiming for more F1 success with the VJM10

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“Maintain the momentum” – Force India aiming for more F1 success with the VJM10
Feb 22, 2017, 2:52 PM

Force India has launched its 2017 VJM10 Formula 1 car, which it hopes will help the team retain its fourth place in the constructors’ world champ...

Force India has launched its 2017 VJM10 Formula 1 car, which it hopes will help the team retain its fourth place in the constructors’ world championship.

The Silverstone-based team finished fourth in 2016 after edging out Williams after a long battle to be best-of-the-rest behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.

Speaking at the launch of his squad’s new car, Force India boss Vijay Mallya praised his team’s previous efforts, which he hopes will lead to more success going into the new season.

Force India VJM10

He said: "I'm very excited. Many commentators have said we punched well above our weight [in recent years] and to add to that we are world champions for the amount of money spent.

"It is a huge compliment, it speaks volumes for the passions, creativity and talent of my team and everyone at the factory. This passion will get more intense and the passion to improve further is going to be pretty relevant in 2017.

“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.”

 Vijay Mallya

The VJM10, which was revealed by Force India’s 2017 drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, features a large sharkfin engine cover and a pronounced step at the top of its nose, which swoops down dramatically before transitioning into a long and pointed end – more reminiscent of the much criticised 2014 designs than those seen on the new Williams, Sauber and Renault cars – with aerodynamic pieces surrounding the tip.

The car also has smaller aero brackets at the front of the sidepods than some of the other new designs, but does appear to have a slightly larger airbox over the top of the cockpit than its predecessor.

Force India has also switched its livery so that the VJM10 is now predominantly sliver – as opposed to the largely black approach seen on last year’s car – although that colour, along with orange and silver flashes, has been used on the lower parts of the car.

Force India VJM10

Force India’s technical director, Andrew Green, explained that as the new car was a completely new design concept – with little carried over from the VJM09 – there is potential for large upgrades to be implemented over the course of the 2017 season.

He said: “It’s definitely a big overhaul; one that requires a change in mentality. It took a bit of time to adjust at first, but we are there now and I am confident we know where to look and where the performance is coming from with this car.

“The development slope is incredibly steep and 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.”

Force India VJM10

Perez enters his fourth consecutive season with Force India after scoring two podiums and 101 points for the team in 2016. Mercedes junior driver Esteban Ocon, who was signed to replace 2017 Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg, is starting his first full year of racing in F1 after driving for the now closed Manor squad for the second half of last season.

What do you make of the VJM10? Do you think Force India can retain fourth place in the constructors’ championship? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JA on F1 Facebook page for more discussion.
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