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Force India F1 car for 2015: Half Silver Arrow for Hulkenberg

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Force India F1 car for 2015
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F orce India is breaking new ground. While the sponsors of owner Vijay Mallya's in-house brands were mostly represented on the car in the past, more and more foreign partners are now coming on board. A remarkable number of companies from Mexico are meanwhile with their logos on the Formula 1 racing car, which is why the presentation of the new design for the 2015 season has been moved to Mexico City.

Perez brings Mexican sponsors

The reason for the increased interest from Latin America has a name: Sergio Perez. Nico Hülkenberg's team-mate had already switched from McLaren to Force India last season. Already in his first season the man from Guadalajara had some sponsors with him, especially from the Telmex group.

In the meantime, Force India has also been able to poach the Tequila brand 'Jose Cuervo' from Sauber. No sooner had Esteban Gutierrez had to vacate his cockpit than the Mexican partners left the racing team - much to the delight of Force India. Perez is now the only Mexican on whom all the support from home is focused.

The national media interest at the big launch of the new car in Mexico City was correspondingly high. What was revealed under the black cloth wasn't the new car called VJM08. Sergio Perez and Nico Hülkenberg posed next to a show car based on last year's racer.

Force India show car with a 2015 nose

The car was specially built and repainted to match the 2015 look to show the new sponsors. The color scheme differs significantly from the previous year's model. Instead of orange and green, there is now a large amount of silver on the car. 'This makes it look even more aggressive,' explains team boss Vijay Mallya.

The interim racer even got a new nose according to the current regulations. With its stubby appendage, the front reminds of that a few hours earlier by Williams presented design. However, it is not yet entirely clear whether this is the final form.

The fans will have to wait a little longer for the new Force India VJM08. At the official test start in Jerez on February 1st, the previous year's model is still in use. The engineers treat themselves for the newCar still has a few weeks of development time until the second test in Barcelona, ​​which starts on February 19th.

Can Force India achieve the 2014 success repeat?

'The design is already good. Now it just has to be quick,' said Hülkenberg at the ceremony. 'Last year I had the best season of my career on points. It was also the best year for the team in its existence. I hope that we can now take another step forward. The goal is to be at least as good to be like 2014 and to regularly score points. '

Team boss Mallya is also hoping for' good results and some podium places '. Perez, of all people, dampened expectations and put the brakes on euphoria. 'I still have to explain to my compatriots how difficult it is to get on the podium in Formula 1 - and sometimes even to get into the points. We have a relatively small budget. It won't be easy. But I'm 1,000 percent motivated and ready like never before. '

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