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PIX: Force India reveals new car for 2018 season

February 26, 2018 18:25 IST

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IMAGE: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India and Esteban Ocon of France and Force India unveil the Force India VJM11. Photograph: Patrik Lundin/Getty Images

Force India, on Monday, unveiled its new car --VJM11 -- for the 2018 season, hours ahead of first testing.

The car has eye-catching and dynamic livery, incorporating last year's pink, magenta and silver. There is now more white on the nose-cone, engine cover and rear wing and around the cockpit.

 

Team's development driver Nikita Mazepin will run the car first in Monday's testing while drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon will take turns to test the new car later in the week.

Chief Operating Officer, Otmar Szafnauer, said: “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.”

Force India

IMAGE: Force India unveil the Force India VJM11. Photograph: Force India/Twitter

Technical Director Andrew Green explained: “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.

Force India“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,” Team Principal, Vijay Mallya was quoted as saying on Force India website.

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