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Inside Force India Formula One Team


Chairman and team principal: Vijay Mallya

Headquarters: Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK

Chairman and team principal: Vijay Mallya

Co-owner: Jan & Michel Mol

Team Director: Bob Fernley

Chief operating officer: Otmar Szafnauer

Technical director: Andrew Green

Sporting director: Andy Stevenson

Chief Designer 2011: Ian Hall

Chief Designer 2012: Akio Haga

2011 car: VJM04

Engine: Mercedes

Tyres: Pirelli

Weight: 640 kg

The four-year old Silverstone-based Force India team, has evolved from many incarnations Jordan Grand Prix, Midland, and Spyker.  Vijay Mallya, Chairman of India's UB Group, and Jan & Michel Mol, Dutch businessmen, purchased the team from Spyker Cars N.V in October 2007 and renamed it Force India, representing India and giving it the colours of the Indian flag. The newly incarnated team, in early 2008 made history as the first Indian team to participate in FIA Formula One World Championship. The team drivers were Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil, supported by Tonio Liuzzi as test and reserve driver. The team finished the year with no points.

But it is a different story today. Force India has moved from the back of the grid to a team able to run in the top ten.

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