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Force India launches its 2010 car
« on: Feb 09, 10, 20:58 »
Force India launched its car with which they will compete in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. The VJM03, which will be raced by the unchanged driver line-up of Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi this season, was unveiled online on Tuesday morning.

Vijay Mallya speaking on the occasion said "Our goal is to continue on the same path of performance improvement that we had at the end of 2009,”. “I don't think I am being over-proud when I say 2009 was an exceptional year for us. The bare statistics say it all: one podium, one pole position, one fastest lap, a further five top 10 starts and 13 points."

“We've learnt from our experiences and we've come out a better team: resilient, resourceful and now resurgent. I hope 2010 will see this great progress carrying forward. We've got one podium so far but I would hope that, this time next year, I'm talking about more points and more podiums. I'm confident we can get this, why not aim high?”

The VJM03 has been designed in-house at the team's UK facility by a unit led by design director Mark Smith. VJM03 is an evolution of its predecessor. The new car incorporates the 2010 rule changes, including the switch to narrower front tyres and the need for a much larger fuel tank as a result of the refuelling ban.

The design director Mark Smith said “The VJM03 is definitely an evolution of the VJM02 in terms of the design philosophies we have developed at Force India over the last year,”. “We are very happy with the direction, therefore we have opted to evolve the car rather than significantly revise."

"It's a natural progression in areas which seemed to have strong trends at the end of 2009, and in other areas it's quite different. The back of the car is the area that has evolved most as everyone has had a year of experience with the double diffusers so we've all gone into 2010 much wiser to what we can do."

“Obviously one of the major aspects we have had to contend with are regulation changes which have had a considerable impact on some aspects of the design of the car. The removal of refuelling from races increases the amount of fuel needed to be stored in the cars - almost twice the amount we ran in 2009. There is a compromise now: either make the car much longer or wider, or, as we have done, a combination of both. This of course has influenced the mechanical design solutions and also the aerodynamics, specifically with respects to the diffuser and bodywork.”

Sutil and Liuzzi are thrilled with their new car. Sutil speaking on the ocassion said “2010 is a really important season and we are very optimistic about going well,”. “I think this year it's important to be consistent from the first race. I'd like to be in the midfield and be competitive from Bahrain."

"It's the first time we have been completely on schedule so I feel this will be the first season when I can show from the beginning to the end what is possible with the car and what I can do. Of course we will have updates and performance packages from this point on but I hope we will be strong from the first practice session rather than compromising at the start.”

Hope they get to top 7 this year. Best wishes to them. :applause:
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