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Force India to unveil new car on Sunday 23 Feb 2009

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Barcelona, Spain, 19 November 2008. Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain, 18 November 2008.

Force India have announced that their 2009 challenger, the VJM02, will make its track debut at Jerez on Sunday. The car’s unveiling will take place ahead of a multi-team test at the Spanish circuit.

Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil will both be present at the launch of the Mercedes-engined car, which team owner Vijay Mallya hopes will bring them their first Formula One points in 2009.

Force India, formed following Mallya’s takeover of Spyker in late 2007, failed to score last season despite Ferrari power. However, after a management shakeup and the signing of a new technical partnership with McLaren, the team are hoping for bigger things this year.

The majority of Force India’s rivals revealed their new cars last month and only Toro Rosso and the beleaguered Honda team have still to confirm launch dates.