As the eighth Formula 1 team, F orce India his new 2010 generation car show. The team of Indian millionaire Vijay Mallya presented the new VJM03 not in an elaborate ceremony, but rather soberly on the Internet. Rumors of financial problems had clouded the mood for the premiere in the last few days.
Adrian Sutil, however, does not let the optimism go away. 'I am confident that we will have a good season,' said Gräfelfinger. 'We had a good winter and a very good development program. The expectations are high. The car looks great. We have made progress with the work in the wind tunnel, but we have to test first to see where we are.' p>
New double diffuser in the VJM-03 rear
At first glance, the new VJM03 does not differ that much from its predecessor. The nose of the 2009 model was already relatively high in the wind, and the bonnet that was extended towards the rear wing was also known from last season. There were slight retouching on the suspension of the front wing and on the wing itself. There are now also two lateral humps on the nose, which are much less pronounced than on many competitors.
'The rear part of the car has is the most evolving, 'explains Chief Designer Mark Smith. 'Everyone now has a year of experience with the double diffuser and is starting the 2010 season with more knowledge.' A lot has happened under the carbon fiber too. The tank is now larger so that it can cover the entire race distance with one filling. The gearbox has become slimmer to create more space for the diffuser ducts.
Force India on schedule
With the new car, Force India wants the upward trend from the previous year. The 2009 model was very competitive, especially on fast routes. In Spa and Monza the speed was so good that victories and podium places were even possible. 'When you start a new season, of course, you want to be better than last year,' says Sutil, explaining the goal for 2010. 'It's the first time that we are fully on schedule. So we can show what from start to finish the car can and what I'm capable of. I want to be in midfield and in BahrainBe competitive. '
Like Tonio Liuzzi and Sutil in the second car at the end of last season. The Italian had replaced his compatriot Giancarlo Fisichella five races before the end.' After a year and a half as a test driver, I feel now really well prepared - both physically and mentally ', Liuzzi is looking forward to his first full season as a regular driver at Force India.' My goal is to be as strong and consistent as possible and to give the team good feedback during development to help. Of course, it's important to collect points as often as possible. '
The new car will make its debut on Wednesday in Jerez. Liuzzi will drive the first two days, Sutil will take over the wheel on Friday and Saturday. Substitute driver Paul di Resta is planned for February 17th, also in Jerez.