The covers are off the Force India VJM06 at the Silverstone circuit

Sahara Force India takes the covers off their newest Formula One challenger at the Silverstone circuit. Paul di Resta gave the VJM06 a shakedown on the historic British circuit.

Formula One team, Sahara Force India, became the third team to showcase their new car for the 2013 season. On hand was driver Paul di Resta as the team has yet to name their second driver. Silverstone is their home base, and the Scot was able to take the new VJM06 for a few laps this morning.

Actually the new car looked the same when viewing it, but like the other teams that have launched already, the changes are where one cannot lay their eyes until they check out the aerodynamics and suspension. Force India will continue to have their engines supplied by Mercedes.

The car should be a lot more consistent.

Andrew Green

Technical Director Andrew Green commented, "I've pushed the guys quite hard in areas that's outside their comfort zone. It is under the skin, you can't see it from here: rear suspension, front suspension, aerodynamics have all been pushed hard.”

"I think the guys have done a really good job over the winter and the car is a step improvement from last year. The car should be a lot more consistent, should be a lot easier to drive. We're looking forward to Jerez to see whether it does what it says on the tin."

The team’s only remaining driver from the past season is the Scotsman who said, "I'm eager to feel what the car is all about. We're giving it a short test today to get a bit of an idea.”

Rumors continue to float in the air that it will be Jules Bianchi to take the seat vacated by Nico Hulkenberg. However the Frenchman was not at Silverstone, he instead is in Maranello for the unveiling of the new Ferrari F138. However there are other drivers waiting in the wings for a Formula One ride – some with experience including several Formula 1 test drivers.

Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India F1 Team drives the VJM06
Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India F1 Team drives the VJM06

Photo by: XPB Images

"Paul will race with us for a third season. He has delivered some great performances for us over the last two years and gives us the consistency we need going into 2013. He had a difficult end to last season, but we’ve worked hard to understand those issues and I believe he can step up another level this year. As for his teammate, we had a shortlist and have considered every driver who is available. We are very close to making our decision and I can assure you that we will arrive in Australia with one of the most exciting pairings on the grid," commented Dr. Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director.

Di Resta added, "I’m feeling very good, I must say. I’m working very closely with my team of people, and that’s changed slightly in different departments. We’re all trying to do the best job possible. Whether it’s managing time and making sure you’re in the best frame of mind or whether that’s on-track performance and the finer details of the car set-up, ultimately it’s all about performance and results. I know the way this team works and they know how I work. When it all gels well we can obviously see the results we get. We just need to make sure we can achieve that on a more consistent basis."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul di Resta , Nico Hulkenberg , Jules Bianchi
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Force India
Article type Breaking news
Tags andrew green, di resta, force india, sahara, silverstone, vjm06