Sahara Force India reveals new 2017 F1 car, the VJM10
Sahara Force India has revealed its new 2017 F1 car, the VJM10.
Drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon revealed the team’s new look car at Silverstone, which included an updated livery and expanded partner portfolio, including new brand partner, Johnnie Walker.
With a complete overhaul of technical regulations, the VJM10 represents a clean sheet of paper in terms of design with nothing was carried over from previous years. Chief operating officer, Otmar Szafnauer said: “Although we have completely new aerodynamics on the VJM10, it’s fair to say that our aero philosophy is very similar to 2015 and 2016.”
Technical director, Andrew Green, explained how the team has relished the challenge presented by the new rules and expects huge scope for in-season development: “It’s definitely a big overhaul; one that requires a change in mentality. It took a bit of time to adjust at first, but we are there now and I am confident we know where to look and where the performance is coming from with this car.
“The development slope is incredibly steep and we are going to see significant updates to the cars at regular intervals, right from the start; it’s going to be big updates and I don’t think development will start to taper off any time soon.”
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, praised the car and team for the last 12 months of hard work from the team, but remained cautious about setting targets for the season. He said: “Simply repeating our performance level of 2016 will be a big task in itself. I don’t want to set goals or targets other than to say that we intend to maintain the momentum we have built up in recent years and carry it into the new season. There are too many unknowns to say more than this.”