FEBRUARY 8, 2011
Force India reveals VJM04
At an event today, Force India unveiled it's 2011 Formula 1 chassis, the VJM04.
The team ran it's 2010 car in Valencia last week, and will run the new car for the first time at the test in Jerez this Thursday.
A notable feature of the VJM04 is the blade-style airbox, which along with Team Lotus is the second 2011 chassis to go this route. Mercedes GP pioneered this type of airbox last season, but has switched to a more conventional style this season.
The team hopes that the new chassis will allow it's drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta to build on it's seventh place in the constructors championship.
Team principal Vijay Mallya said, "2010 was an exceptional year for the team, 68 points overall, seventh in the championship with only teams who had previously won world titles ahead of us, which demonstrated we are still on target to achieve our goals. And this year there is even more to be optimistic about. We've got three race drivers that are hungry to take the next steps in their careers, whether that be points, podiums or wins. We have an experienced technical team that have the ingenuity, flexibility and drive to adapt to the new wave of rule changes, and we also have the tools and resources in our partnerships with McLaren Applied Technologies and Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines to aim even higher. Not to mention the very special event, and one that I personally can't wait for, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. What better place would there be to reach some of those aims than on our home soil?'"
Adrian Sutil said, "I'm genuinely excited about the 2011 season. I just missed out on the top 10 last year in the drivers' standings - I'm pretty hopeful I can get in there this season! The progress the team has shown over the past two years has been very impressive and what I've seen in the factory and at the wind tunnel over the past weeks indicates that the rate will continue this year. I feel very good and confident; the team and I know each other very well and we know how to get the most from each other."
Paul di Resta said, "I don't want to say exact targets on record as there are so many factors that can come into play. What I do want to do is to have a positive approach, finish, be consistent and contribute strongly to the team's overall performance. We've got high aims of finishing in a good constructors' championship position and I know that I've got to play my part in this."
Reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg said, "I'm really looking forward to this season and working with the team. We still need some time to fit together perfectly, but the start was very promising and finding each other will not take too long. I can't wait to sit in the car and work with the team again."