Having won races under former guise Jordan, the Silverstone-based team went through a decidedly fallow period - and several changes of ownership - before being bought by the charismatic Vijay Mallya in 2007. Rebranded Force India, the team steadily established themselves as a midfield force, and today are renowned for their ability to consistently punch above their weight...
Leave Williams in their wake as they firmly establish themselves as ‘best of the rest’ behind the top three teams. Sergio Perez partnered by Mercedes protege Esteban Ocon in a new driver line-up that proves a little too close for comfort, forcing the imposition of team orders after a number of spectacular on-track clashes.
The team's championship rise continues as they move above arch-rivals Williams to achieve a best-ever fourth place in the constructor standings. Perez and Hulkenberg again prove a fast and reliable driver combination, with the former twice finishing on the podium, in Monaco and Azerbaijan.
Late introduction of VJM08 proves no problem as Perez and Hulkenberg rack up enough points to carry the team to fifth in the constructors’ standings - their best finish since Vijay Mallya’s 2008 takeover. Key to their success is the mid-season introduction of a B-spec car which enables the squad to challenge (and occasionally beat) the likes of Ferrari and Williams and Perez to score an unlikely podium in Russia.