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Force India

Full Team Name: Sahara Force India F1 Team
Base: Silverstone, UK
Team Chief: Vijay Mallya
Technical Chief: Andrew Green
Drivers: Sergio Perez
  Nico Hulkenberg
Chassis: VJM08
Power Unit: Mercedes-Benz
Tyres: Pirelli
First Season: 2008
World Championships: 0
Highest Race Finish: 2 (x1)
Pole Positions: 1
Fastest Laps: 3
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Sergio Perez (MEX) Force India celebrates his third place with the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 6 April 2014


Best season to date in terms of points, with Perez's third place in Bahrain providing second podium of team's history. Score at all but two races en route to sixth place in final standings, narrowly missing out on fifth to McLaren at final round.

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 23 May 2013


Once again produce tidy, competitive car and both Di Resta - fourth in Bahrain - and returning Sutil - fifth in Monaco - score points regularly in early rounds. However, team form drops after mid-season tyre revisions and ultimately finish a lonely sixth in the standings.

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1 VJM05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 12 May 2012


Evenly matched team mates Di Resta and Hulkenberg push each other all season in the decent VJM05. Two fourth places, in Belgium for Hulkenberg and in Singapore for Di Resta, help lift the team to seventh in the points. Highlight is Hulkenberg briefly leading in Brazil.

Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 7 May 2011


Despite quick and consistent drivers in experienced Sutil and impressive rookie Di Resta, unable to take significant step forward relative to 2010 in first half of season. Find pace after summer break and score points at most races including three sixth-place finishes.

(L to R): Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 with team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Force India F1. Force India Studio Shoot, Silverstone, England, 8 February 2010.


Initially maintain momentum of late 2009 and emerge as regular Q3 and points contenders, but fade somewhat by mid season as other midfield rivals such as Williams and BMW Sauber close the performance gap. End year seventh in the constructors' table.

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 25 July 2009


Dramatic progress, with in-season upgrades boosting VJM02's pace, despite basic lack of downforce. Fisichella makes breakthrough, with team's first pole, points and podium in Belgium, before moving to Ferrari to replace injured Massa, handing seat to tester Liuzzi.

Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Force India F1 Team Owner.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Race Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 16 March 2008


Fail to score, despite impressive improvement in terms of pace. Management restructure announced post-season, with co-owner Vijay Mallya taking over as team principal, and new technical tie-up with McLaren means Mercedes power from 2009.

Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Force India F1. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 15 November 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton


Former Spyker team is bought in October by a consortium headed by Indian billionare Dr Vijay Mallya and renamed 'Force India' for the 2008 season.