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Force India Formula One Team Limited, trading as Force India F1, is a Formula One motor racing team. The team was formed in October 2007, when a consortium led by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya and Michiel Mol bought the Spyker F1 team for € 88 million.<ref>{{#if: Spyker F1 team officially sold

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Force India F1 represents increased Indian participation within Formula One, with Delhi set to host the first ever Indian Grand Prix in 2011.<ref>Template:Citation/core{{#if:|}}</ref> The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile confirmed the change in name from Spyker to Force India on 24 October 2007.<ref name="FIA Approves name change to Force India">{{#if: FIA approve Spyker's Force India name change

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After going through 29 races without a point, Force India won their first Formula One world championship points and podium place when Giancarlo Fisichella finished second in the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.<ref name="Belgian Grand Prix results">{{#if: Spa-Francorchamps results

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Background

Although created in 2007, the team's roots can be traced back to 1991, when it was founded as Jordan Grand Prix. Jordan enjoyed many years in Formula One even running the title close in 1999, but financial problems crept in and the team's performance dried up. Eddie Jordan, the then owner, realised the writing was on the wall and the best way to save the team was to opt for a sale.

The Silverstone-based squad and facilities were bought by the Midland group in 2005 and re-named Midland F1 Racing in 2006, before being sold to Spyker Cars towards the end of the 2006 season. However, the running costs of a small Formula One team once again caused the sale of the team this time to the Orange India Holdings group, with Vijay Mallya and Michiel Mol taking over the ownership of the team.

Buyout of Spyker F1

Rumours about the possible sale of the team had been abundant in the paddock throughout the last few months of the 2007 season, after Spyker announced their intention to sell 50% of the team,<ref>{{#if: Spyker considers sale of team

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Formula 1 (2008 - present)

Colin Kolles remained as team principal in 2008, with Michiel Mol as director of F1 racing, and Mike Gascoyne as the Chief Technology Officer.

2008: Beginnings and Ferrari Engines

Force India used the VJM01 chassis, an updated version of the previous year's Spyker car, for the first part of the 2008 season.<ref>{{#if: Force India sticking with the F8-VII

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Force India has a contract with Adrian Sutil for 2008.<ref name=BBCchangesname /> In November 2007 the team invited Vitantonio Liuzzi, Christian Klien, Giancarlo Fisichella, Ralf Schumacher, Franck Montagny and former Spyker test drivers Giedo van der Garde and Roldan Rodriguez to take part in winter tests along with Sutil.<ref>Template:Citation/core{{#if:|}}</ref> Giancarlo Fisichella took the second seat at Force India after being replaced at Renault by Fernando Alonso.<ref>{{#if: Force India sign Sutil’s new teammate!

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At Monaco 2008 it looked like Force India was near to scoring their first point as Adrian Sutil had moved up to fourth place until Kimi Räikkönen collided with him 10 minutes before the end of the race. However, it was judged that Sutil was in wrong position because he had overtaken under yellow flags.<ref>Template:Citation/core{{#if:|}}</ref> More points were lost in Singapore because the safety car period that ensued after Sutil's accident ruined Fisichella's strategy. He had run as high as third earlier in the race.

VJM01

Main article: Force India VJM01

The VJM01 was launched with a white, gold and tungsten colored livery at the Gateway of India, in Mumbai, India, on February 7, 2008. The car was named after Force India F1's owners Dr. Vijay Mallya, Jan Mol and Michel Mol. The car was fitted with new aerodynamic updates after almost every race.

Mercedes' engines and 2009 Success (2009 Season)

Force India retained the same drivers for the 2009 season.<ref>{{#if: Force India keep drivers for 2009

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Force India gained their first pole position in Formula One when Fisichella qualified fastest at the Belgian GP in Spa.<ref name="Belgian Grand Prix qualifying">{{#if: Spa-Francorchamps results: qualifying

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On 3 September 2009, Force India announced that they were releasing Fisichella to allow him to race for Scuderia Ferrari for the remainder of the season. It was announced four days later that test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi would replace Fisichella for the remaining races.<ref name="Liuzzi replaces Fisichella">{{#if: Liuzzi replaces Fisichella at Force India

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In the qualifying session of the 2009 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Sutil qualified second and Liuzzi, on his debut for the team, qualified seventh. On race day, Sutil finished fourth and clocked the fastest lap of the race. While running fourth in the race, Liuzzi had to retire due to a gear box failure. Force India finished the season 9th in front of Scuderia Toro Rosso with 13 points, however, this didn't reflect the vast improvement Force India made from the start of the season.

VJM02

Main article: Force India VJM02

The VJM02 is powered by Mercedes-Benz engines from the 2009 season after signing a five year deal on 10 November 2008. The deal also includes supply of McLaren-Mercedes gearboxes, hydraulic systems and Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS). The car was revealed on March 1, 2009.<ref>New Force India Formula One Car: VJM 02 to be revealed on Sunday</ref> The VJM02 was the first Force India car to pick up points, pole and fastest lap at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix but the race was won by Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen.

2010 and the Future

The team announced on 27 November 2009, that it is to keep Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi for the 2010 season.<ref name="en.f1-live.com">http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/091127131551.shtml</ref> The team tested Paul di Resta and J. R. Hildebrand at Jerez, with di Resta setting a much faster time.<ref name="en.f1-live.com"/> The VJM03 will be the team's 2010 Formula One season chassis.<ref>{{#if: Perfect Partners - Exclusive Q&A with Force India's Simon Roberts

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Sponsorship

Kingfisher, a brand owned by Vijay Mallya, is the primary sponsor. Other sponsors for 2008 included ICICI Bank, Medion, Kanyan Capital and Reliance Industries Limited.<ref>Force India F1 Sponsors</ref> Kingfisher also sponsored FMS International, a GP2 team partly-owned by Fisichella. The above sponsors, except ICICI Bank and Kanyan Capital, continue to sponsor the team in 2009. New sponsors include AVG, Airbus and Whyte & Mackay.

Partners

In December,Computational Research Laboratories (CRL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, and Force India Formula One Team announced an exclusive three-year multi-million dollar partnership deal to offer a fully automated Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solution to aid the design of the team’s next generation race cars as well improve aerodynamic efficiency in the current racing models.<ref>{{#if: CRL partners with Force India to help design the next generation of Formula 1 cars

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Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2008 Force India VJM01 Ferrari 056 V8 B AUS MAL BHR ESP TUR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN CHN BRA 0 10th
Template:Country flagicon Adrian Sutil Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16
Template:Country flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18
2009 Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W V8 B AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON TUR GBR GER HUN EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN BRA ABU 13 9th
Template:Country flagicon Adrian Sutil 9 17 17 16 Ret 14 17 17 15 Ret 10 11 4 Ret 13 Ret 17
Template:Country flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella 11 18 14 15 14 9 Ret 10 11 14 12 2
Template:Country flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Ret 14 14 11 15

See Also

Constructors and drivers competing in the 2010 Formula One championship
McLaren Mercedes Red Bull Ferrari Williams Renault Force India Toro Rosso Lotus Campos US F1 Virgin Sauber
1 Button
2 Hamilton
3 Schumacher
4 Rosberg
5 Vettel
6 Webber
7 Massa
8 Alonso
9 Barrichello
10 Hülkenberg
11 Kubica
12 Petrov
14 Sutil
15 Liuzzi
16 Buemi
17 Alguersuari
18 Trulli
19 Kovalainen
20 TBA
21 Senna
22 López
23 TBA
24 Glock
25 di Grassi
de la Rosa
Kobayashi
Other drivers who have participated in the 2010 season: •

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