28 Feb 2009
New Force India to debut at start of Jerez test
All eyes will be on Force India on Sunday morning as they officially reveal their 2009 challenger, the VJM02, at Jerez in Spain, following a private shakedown for the Mercedes-powered machine at Silverstone earlier in the week.
In the hands of drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil, the new car is scheduled to spend four days running alongside rivals in the penultimate multi-team test before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix later this month.
Force India, formed following Vijay Mallyas 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.
It is set to be a busy week at Jerez, with eight teams due to run between now and Thursday. Speculation continues as to whether a late rescue for the former Honda team could yet see them make an appearance, while Toro Rosso are expected to test in private at Adria in Italy as they prepare their 2009 machine, the STR3.
Check back throughout the week for updates on the teams testing progress and the latest images. Note that all schedules are provisional and subject to change.