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Force India hoping to reveal 2009 technical package soon 29 Oct 2008

Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Force India F1 Team Owner with Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Force India F1 Team Chief Technical Officer 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Singapore, Sunday, 28 September 2008 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 19 October 2008 Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 VJM01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 26 September 2008

Force India’s 2009 engine supplier should be revealed in the near future, according to team owner Vijay Mallya. Force India currently use Ferrari power, but talks with McLaren concerning a potential technical collaboration have led to speculation of a possible switch to Mercedes.

“As many of the media has reported, we are currently looking into our package for next season and I hope I will be able to announce a deal very shortly,” said Mallya ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

“I will make sure that my team has the best solution for engine, drivetrain and KERS possible so we can get a good head start and try to get the points that have eluded us so far this season.”

Mallya admitted he had been frustrated by Force India’s failure to score in their first year, but insisted the disappointing results stemmed in part from opting to focus the team’s attentions on next season.

“I have given the team all the resources they required and I expected significant improvement,” he said. “As the statistics have shown, we have improved and are now much closer to the midfield, but our progress has rather flattened out since the mid-season. Relative to other teams, we haven't made as much progress as they have, but to be fair to the team after Hungary I made a conscious decision to put time and resources into 2009.”

Nevertheless, with Brazil famous for throwing up unexpected results, Mallya insisted that it may not be too late for Force India to spring a surprise in 2008.

“We are not finished yet - one more race represents one more chance to score points,” he added. “While we're realistic, we can't give up yet.”