Force India

Force India

FIA Entry: Force India F1 Team
Car 14: Adrian Sutil
Car 15: Paul di Resta
Engine: MercedesV8
Team Principal: Vijay Mallya
Technical Director: Andrew Green
Race Engineer Car 14: Brad Joyce
Race Engineer Car 15:Gianpiero Lambiano

Stats as of end 2010

First Entered 2008
Races Entered 55
Race Wins 0
Pole Positions 1
Fastest Laps 1
Driver World Championships 0
Constructor World Championships 0

Team History

In 1991 Eddie Jordan made the leap from the lower formulae to F1 with the Jordan Grand Prix Team. Jordan Grand Prix raced with varying degrees of success until 2005, taking part in 250 Grand Prix, winning 4.

In 2006 Jordan was sold to Canadian businessman Alex Shnaider and was rebadged as Midland F1 – entered as the first Russian Grand Prix team. Midland had little success and by the end of 2006 the team was sold to Dutch car sports car makers Spyker and the entry changed to Spyker MF1. Spyker were as unsuccessful as Midland and at the end of 2007 the team was sold again, this time to Vijay Mallya, and Force India was born

Force India

For the 2008 season Force India used an updated version of the Spyker car, designated the VJM01, married to Ferrari engines. Adrian Sutil and Ginacarlo Fisichella were the drivers with Vitantonio Luizzi as the tester. The season wasn’t massively successful, Sutil missed out on potentially scoring points at Monaco when Kimi Raikkonen crashed into him, otherwise the highest placing they managed was 10th for Fisichella in Spain.

Mercedes Power

For 2009 Force India moved from Ferrari power to Mercedes engines. With the same drivers as 2008 the early part of the season showed that Force India VJM02 had made steps forward in performance. Sutil ran 6th in China, before aquaplaning off the circuit, and was as high as 2nd in Germany before another coming together with Raikkonen as he exited the pits. The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa proved to be the high point of Force India’s season. Fisichella, to the amazement of many on the grid, put his car on pole and brought the car home 2nd only to leave the team to substitute for Felipe Massa at Ferrari for the remainder of the season. Sutil followed up Fisichella’s points scoring exploits with a 4th in Italy now partnered by test driver Luizzi.

For 2010 Mercedes engines were retained, as was the driver line up the team ended 2009 with. The VJM03 was another step forward for the 2009 model and Force India scored points regularly in the mid-field. Sutil managed the teams highest race finish with a 5th in Malaysia and the team ended the season 7th in the Constructors Championship


Test driver Paul di Resta replaces Luizzi for 2011 in the VJM04 chassis. With continuing support from Mercedes High Performance Engines and McLaren Applied Technologies Force India are looking to head the mid-field in 2011.


Di Resta fan :).
:( this news makes me feel sad. As i love the whole vibe around the Force India team and team in general. Really hope we don't lose them off the grid would be a crying shame for there fans.


Di Resta fan :).
Wicked effort from Force India this season, finishing only 4 points behind Renault. Who would have thought that at the beginning of the season, especially since Renault had two poduim finishes in the first two races of the season.

Well done VJ, Adrian, Paul and the rest of the Force India team on an awesome season :).


Di Resta fan :).
Very happy with the new Force India line-up. Harsh on Sutil but i'm really excited about the Di Resta and Hulkenberg line-up. Mouthwatering and lots of fireworks between the pair of them next year as one might get favoured over the other?


Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
All teams have to build for the future and maybe they think di Resta and Hulkenberg are that. Won't do their relationship with Mercedes any harm either will it? ;)


Di Resta fan :).
Are force india now a toro rosso for mercedes?

No Not yet. But in a couple of seasons their might be. At the moment they VJ's team, but i can see Mercedes bying them out and making the team a junior one.

Next season when Schumi retires again. Either Nico or Paul joins Merc, we'll see young Sam Bird at Force India.
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