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2010 Force India VJM03

Introducing the VJM03

The Force India Formula One Team finished the 2009 season as a genuine regular contender for points and the new 2010 challenger, the VJM03, builds on the solid foundations established by its predecessor, which took pole for the Belgian GP. With driver consistency in Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi and the able support of Paul di Resta in the test and reserve driver role, this year the team is lòòking forward to a strong performance right from the start of the year.

'Our goal is to continue on the same path of performance improvement that we had at the end of 2009,' says chairman and team principal Dr Vijay Mallya. 'I don't think I am being overproud 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?'

While the VJM03 is an evolution of last year's strong car, it incorporates the package of rules changes introduced for this year, including the requirement for a larger fuel tank as a result of the refuelling ban and a switch to narrower front tyres.

Design director Mark Smith explains, '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 wîth the direction, therefore we have opted to evolve the car rather than significantly revise.

'Obviously one of the major aspects we have had to contend wîth 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 wîth respects to the diffuser and bodywork.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 8-cylinder

7-speed Semi-Automatic
'Even wîth the ban of double diffusers for 2011, we recognise that we still have to push as much as we possibly can in this area in 2010 as we have targets to meet and the double diffuser is a key development aspect of the car.'

Last year's VJM02 was noticeably quicker on the low downforce circuits, however Mark is confident that this year the VJM03 will be strong across the board: 'The VJM02 was a relatively low drag car that showed well on the low downforce tracks. As was demonstrated throughout 2009, that was a useful attribute but as we go into 2010 we have tried to maintain a high level of aerodynamic efficiency, but we recognise that our championship position will be enhanced by a general level of performance that is suited to all types of circuits. We have, we believe, quite an efficient car overall.'

Adrian Sutil is eagerly anticipating the start of the season, '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 wîth 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.'

Meanwhile Tonio Liuzzi is also going to the season wîth a strong goal, 'After one and a half years in a test role, I feel really prepared, both physically and mentally for a full race season. My objective is to be as strong and consistent as possible and give good feedback to the team to help them improve. For sure scoring points as many times as I can is going to be the key and you never know, perhaps we can get something more as well if everything comes together.'

The VJM03 will make its official testing debut on 10 February at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Tonio Liuzzi will be on driving duties for the first two days before Adrian Sutil takes over on 12 February for a further two days. Paul di Resta will step into the car on 17 February in Jerez.

Source - Force India
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2010 Formula One Season
Red Bull RacingRed BullRB6 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Australia Mark Alan Webber 
Vodafone McLaren MercedesMcLaren
United Kingdom Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
United Kingdom Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton 
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
Spain Fernando Alonso
Brazil Felipe Massa 
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamMercedes-Benz
Germany Nico Erik Rosberg
Germany Michael Schumacher 
Renault F1 TeamRenault
Poland Robert Józef Kubica
Russia Vitaly Aleksandrovich Petrov 
AT&T WilliamsWilliams
FW32 Cosworth 
Brazil Rubens Gonçalves 'Rubinho' Barrichello
Germany Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg 
Force India Formula One TeamForce India
Italy Vitantonio 'Tonio' Liuzzi
Germany Adrian Sutil 
BMW Sauber F1 TeamBMW
Sauber C29 
Spain Pedro Martínez de la Rosa
Germany Nick Lars Heidfeld
Japan Kamui Kobayashi 
Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso
Spain Jaime Alguersuari
Switzerland Sébastien Olivier Buemi 
10 Team LotusLotus
Finland Heikki Johannes Kovalainen
Italy Jarno Trulli 
12 Virgin-RacingVirgin
Brazil Lucas Tucci di Grassi
Germany Timo Glock 
11 Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT)Hispania
India Karun Chandhok
Austria Christian Klien
Brazil Bruno Senna
Japan Sakon Yamamoto 

2010 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Bahrain Grand Prix  Bahrain International CircuitMar 2010  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 Australian Grand Prix  Albert ParkMar 2010  Jenson Alexander Lyons ButtonMcLaren 
 Malaysian Grand Prix  SepangApr 2010 Philippe EtancelinRed Bull 
 Chinese Grand Prix  ShanghaiApr 2010  Jenson Alexander Lyons ButtonMcLaren 
 Spanish Grand Prix  Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2010  Mark Alan WebberRed Bull 
 Monaco Grand Prix  MonacoMay 2010  Mark Alan WebberRed Bull 
 Turkish Grand Prix  Istanbul ParkMay 2010  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 Canadian Grand Prix  Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2010  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 European Grand Prix  ValenciaJun 2010  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 British Grand Prix  SilverstoneJul 2010  Mark Alan WebberRed Bull 
 German Grand Prix  HockenheimringJul 2010  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 Hungarian Grand Prix  HungaroringAug 2010  Mark Alan WebberRed Bull 
 Belgian Grand Prix  Spa-FrancorchampsAug 2010  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 Italian Grand Prix  MonzaSep 2010  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
Singapore Grand Prix  Marina BaySep 2010  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 Japanese Grand Prix  SuzukaOct 2010  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Korean Grand Prix  Korean International CircuitOct 2010  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 Brazilian Grand Prix  Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosNov 2010  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix  Yas MarinaNov 2010  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 

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