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Force India sign long-term Mercedes powertrain deal 28 Mar 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz engine Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 24 March 2013 Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Force India Formula One Team Owner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Qualifying, Saturday, 27 October 2012

Force India will continue to be powered by Mercedes-Benz in 2014 and beyond, it was announced on Thursday.

The long-term agreement will see Mercedes-Benz supply the Silverstone-based team with a complete power unit (engine plus Energy Recovery System), transmission and all associated ancillary systems when Formula One racing adopts 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines in 2014.

Force India have used Mercedes engines since 2009, during which time the team have been regular points scorers. Commenting on the new deal Force India team principal and managing director Dr Vijay Mallya said: “Our new agreement with Mercedes-Benz for the coming years is the most significant in the history of Sahara Force India.

“With new powertrain regulations being introduced next year, I can’t think of a better partner to work with as Formula One enters a new and exciting era. The agreement gives us the long-term stability we require and will enable us to continue our journey towards the front of the Formula One grid.”

Toto Wolf, executive director of Mercedes AMG Petronas, also hailed the significance of the deal: “It is a significant milestone to announce our first long-term agreement for powertrain supply under the 2014 regulations.

“Sahara Force India was our first genuine customer in Formula One back in 2009 and we are delighted to enter an expanded, long-term relationship with them from 2014 onwards. This long-term agreement offers excellent value in terms of the balance between price and performance.

“We hope it will mean Mercedes-Benz and Sahara Force India working together for the entire life cycle of the new powertrain generation.”

Force India have enjoyed a positive start to the 2013 season and currently sit in fifth place in the constructors’ standings with 10 points after two races.

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