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Force India part company with Ferrari 07 Nov 2008

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 VJM01 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 1 November 2008

Force India have announced that they have ended their engine-supply contract with Ferrari. The agreement, signed in 2007, was due to last until the end of 2009, but will now terminate ahead of schedule at the request of Force India.

“Force India wishes to thank Ferrari for its much appreciated and valued support to date, which has always been carried out at the highest level; technically and professionally and within an excellent relationship,” read a Force India statement released Friday.

Force India owner Vijay Mallya said recently that he was willing to buy his team out of the contract should Ferrari be unable to supply a complete package of engine, gearbox and KERS for 2009. He is now widely expected to confirm next Monday a complete drivetrain deal with McLaren and Mercedes for next season.