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2018 Force India VJM11

The covers came off the VJM11 in Barcelona to reveal a new gloss livery incorporating the pink, magenta and silver of Austrian water specialists, Best Water Technology (BWT).

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were on hand to conduct car presentation duties giving the media and fans a chance to see the team's 2018 challenger for the first time. Nikita Mazepin joined the race drivers for a photo call alongside Chief Operating Officer, Otmar Szafnauer, and Technical Director, Andrew Green.

The updated livery offers a more dynamic look for the team and builds on the strength of the pink identity that was introduced in 2017.

2018 Force India VJM11Otmar Szafnauer, was the first to praise the fresh new look: 'The VJM11 certainly looks eye-catching in its new livery. We worked very closely with BWT to deliver an even stronger identity for the car this year and everybody is really happy with the result. The new shade of pink is very striking and really pops out.'

The VJM11 was presented with new logos from petroleum brand, PEMEX, on the wing mirrors, while the team's new lubricants partner, RAVENOL, displays its logo on the bargeboards. The engine cover sees branding from NEC as the Japanese ICT specialists extend their partnership with the team for a fourth year.

The long-standing partnerships with Claro, Infinitum and TelCel, continue in 2018 with all three brands prominently displayed on the VJM11. Similarly, the team's relationship with Hype continues for a fourth season with branding on the nose and roll hoop, while long-term partner, Kingfisher, takes up a position on the engine cover and reverse of the rear wing. Branding from Industrial Engineering brand DÚO is positioned on the car's rear crash structure.


As well as new colours, the shape of the VJM11 will evolve considerably during the next month, as Andrew Green explains: 'The DNA of the car is still very much that of last year's car. We took the decision, quite a while ago, that the launch specification of the 2018 car would be based around our understanding of the 2017 car, but with all new structures required by the regulations in place. It is a starting point, a good reference from which to introduce changes quite quickly; it gives our aerodynamics department more time to develop a car for the first race in Australia, rather than having to release parts early for testing.'

After two consecutive fourth place championship finishes, the team remains determined to consolidate its position in 2018, as Team Principal, Vijay Mallya explains: 'I see no reason why we cannot consolidate our position and improve. Yes, Formula One is a very tough and competitive environment, but we are an established team with continuity in all areas of the company. We don't take anything for granted, but we will be disappointed if we are not fighting for points at every race this year.'

Source - Force India

Drivers:
France Esteban Ocon
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza

Team
India Force India Formula One Team

2018 Season
Points: 52
Position: 7
Engine: Mercedes-Benz M08

2017 Entry: VJM10
2016 Entry: VJM09
2015 Entry: VJM08
2014 Entry: VJM07
2013 Entry: VJM06 Mercedes
2012 Entry: VJM05
2011 Entry: VJM04 Mercedes
2010 Entry: VJM03
2009 Entry: VJM02
2008 Entry: VJM01


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