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Force India

Knowledge Identifier: &Force_India


Force India

Formula One racing team based in Silverstone, United Kingdom which currently holds an Indian licence add

Category: Auto racing

Founded in 1991.

Countries: United Kingdom (21%), (21%), India (11%)

Main connections: Formula One, Sergio Perez, Giancarlo Fisichella

Linked to: Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, United Breweries Group, Airbus, EADS




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The team has its origins in the Jordan Grand Prix team, which entered Formula One racing in 1991 based at the Silverstone racing circuit add something


Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains - The company has supplied Sauber during the 1994 season, McLaren from 1995 to 2014, Force India since 2009, Brawn in 2009, the Mercedes factory team since 2010, Williams since 2014 and Lotus since 2015


However, like many of the smaller teams in the 2000s, financial problems meant the team's performance dried up, and team owner Eddie Jordan sold the team to the Midland Group in 2005 add something


Eddie Jordan - The team was sold again in 2006 to Dutch car manufacturer Spyker Cars to become Spyker F1 for , and sold once more to become Force India in


Midland F1 Racing - In 2007, the team competed as Spyker F1, and in 2008 was sold to Indian businessman Vijay Mallya and was renamed Force India F1


The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile confirmed the change in name from "Spyker" to "Force India" on 24 October 2007 add something


Shahrukh Khan - In December 2007, Khan was declared as the face of Force India, the Formula One racing team representing India in international motor race championships


Ralf Schumacher - Schumacher's final participation in Formula One came at a test held for the newly formed Force India team in December 2007


Other sponsors for 2008 included ICICI Bank, Medion, Kanyan Capital, Reebok and Reliance Industries Limited add something


Mike Gascoyne - In 2008, Spyker became the Force India team after its sale to Vijay Mallya


Vijay Mallya - The team changed its name to Force India F1 from the 2008 Season


Giancarlo Fisichella - With Renault signing Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet, Jr. Fisichella was announced as the number one driver alongside Adrian Sutil for the Force India F1 team for the season on 10 January 2008


Colin Kolles - In November 2008, it was announced that Force India chairman Vijay Mallya was to take over the role of Team Principal for , leaving Kolles without a major role in the team


Mike Gascoyne - On 7 November 2008 it was announced that Gascoyne would no longer play any formal role at the team, with Force India owner Vijay Mallya taking full responsibility for running the team


Force India retained the same drivers for the 2009 season add something


The VJM02 was powered by Mercedes-Benz engines from the 2009 season after signing a five-year deal on 10 November 2008 add something


The above sponsors, except ICICI Bank and Kanyan Capital, continue to sponsor the team in 2009 add something


Karun Chandhok - After the team's driver, Giancarlo Fisichella, moved from Force India to Ferrari during the 2009 season, Chandhok was briefly linked with the seat, with even long-time supporter Bernie Ecclestone supporting him


Giancarlo Fisichella - On 17 October, Force India announced they would keep Fisichella for the 2009 season


Giancarlo Fisichella - With the new Force India VJM02 powered by a Mercedes-Benz engine, Fisichella qualified 18th on the grid for the 2009 curtain-opener at Australia


Giancarlo Fisichella - On 29 August 2009, making the most of some very effective technical upgrades from Force India, Fisichella recorded the team's first pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix


On 3 September 2009, Force India announced that they were releasing Fisichella from his contract to allow him to race for Ferrari for the remainder of the season add something


Felipe Massa - After two races in which Badoer failed to score a single point, on 3 September 2009 Ferrari announced that Massa's place for the rest of the season would instead be taken by Giancarlo Fisichella who had signed a deal to be a Ferrari test driver for 2010 and had driven for Force India throughout the 2009 season


Giancarlo Fisichella - On 3 September 2009, an official press statement confirmed Fisichella would be released from Force India to drive for Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix, his home race


The team announced on 27 November 2009, that it was to keep Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi for the 2010 season add something


The 2010 season began with points in Bahrain, with Liuzzi finishing in ninth position add something


Neel Jani - In early 2010 he tested for Force India and was rumoured to be involved with the team in 2010


On 9 February 2010, Force India unveiled their new car, the VJM03, which was to be used in the 2010 season add something


Karun Chandhok - Chandhok said in Autosport, on 11 June 2010, that he was targeting a move to Force India for


Force India F1 represents increased Indian participation within Formula One, with Greater Noida having hosted the first Indian Grand Prix in 2011 add something


On 26 January 2011, the team announced that reserve driver Paul di Resta would be promoted to a race seat for the season, to partner Adrian Sutil add something


The team launched their new car, the VJM04 on 8 February 2011 via an online launch add something


Max Chilton - In November 2011 Chilton drove for the Force India team in the Young Driver test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit


Aethra, a leading Brazilian auto parts manufacturer joined the team as an official partner in 2012 add something


For their 2012 line-up, the team retained Paul di Resta and replaced Adrian Sutil with their 2011 reserve driver, Nico Hülkenberg add something


James Rossiter - Mid way through the 2012 Formula One season he was signed by Force India as a test and simulator driver, and he drove the VJM06 at the first pre-season test in Jerez in 2013


Esteban Gutierrez - On 23 November 2012, it was announced that Gutiérrez would remain with Sauber, but was to be promoted to the race team alongside Nico Hülkenberg, who would be joining the team from Force India


The 2013 line-up featured Paul di Resta for the third successive year add something


Medion - In 2013 Sutil returned to Sahara Force India, and Medion returned as a sponsor


James Calado - Partway through the 2013 season, Formula One team Force India selected him for the Young Driver's test in July, held at Silverstone


The team's new car, the VJM06 was launched on 1 February 2013 at the team's base near the Silverstone Circuit add something


James Calado - As a result of this, and his good GP2 form, Force India announced that they had selected Calado as their third driver for the Italian Grand Prix on 2 September 2013, and that he would run in the first practice session


Sergio Perez - On 12 December 2013, Perez had confirmed his drive for Force India in 2014


Sergio Perez - On 12 December 2013,Force India confirm Sergio Perez will join Nico Hulkenberg in their driver line-up for 2014


At the Bahrain Grand Prix, Pérez put Force India on the podium with a third place finish, its first time on the podium since Spa 2009 add something


Force India will support Hilmer Motorsport series GP3 in 2014 add something


Nico Hülkenberg returned to the team for 2014, while Paul di Resta was replaced by Sergio Pérez add something


Jolyon Palmer - Driving for the Force India team, he acquitted himself well and ended the day in fourth place, just 0,004s behind 2014 championship runner-up Nico Rosberg, despite technical gremlins interrupting his running


Daniel Juncadella - On 24 January 2014, Juncadella joined Sahara Force India as a reserve driver


Univa announced a partnership with the team in June 2014 add something


Nico Hulkenberg - In October 2014, Force India confirmed they had re-signed Hülkenberg for 2015


On 7 November 2014, before the Brazilian Grand Prix, Force India announced that Sergio Pérez will remain with the team for the 2015 season add something


Sergio Perez - On 7 November 2014, before the Brazilian Grand Prix, Force India announced that Pérez will remain with the team for the 2015 season


Force India announced a partnership with Japanese company NEC Corporation for the 2015 season add something


NEC - NEC signed a new deal to sponsor the Sahara Force India F1 team for the 2015 Season onwards


Quaker State - Quaker State is currently sponsoring the Force India Formula One team for 2015 and Allen "Quaker" Ellis for the 2016 Taekwondo US National Olympic Team


Sergio Perez - The 2015 season started with a 10th place for Force India in Australia, and this was followed by a 13th in Malaysia, an 11th in China and an 8th in Bahrain


Formula One - In September 2015, Force India and Sauber officially lodged a complaint with the European Union against Formula One questioning the governance and stating that the system of dividing revenues and determining the rules is unfair and unlawful


Sergio Perez - After the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, Pérez confirmed he has committed to Force India for the 2017 Formula One season


Esteban Ocon - On 10 November 2016, Force India announced that they had signed Ocon for the 2017 Formula One season as part of his multi-year contract with Mercedes


Starting 2017, the team signed whisky brand Johnnie Walker on a multi-year deal add something


Daimler-Benz - Daimler owns Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains which, as of 2017, supplied engines to Force India and Williams, in addition to Mercedes AMG Petronas


On 14 March 2017, Force India announced a new sponsorship deal with BWT AG, which saw their car receive a new pink livery from the season add something


For the 2018 season the team retained the 2017 line up of Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon add something


Eddie Jordan - After bankruptcy proceedings in 2018, Force India was sold to and became Racing Point F1 Team


Sergio Perez - He remained with Force India after they went into administration in the latter half of 2018, and their reformation as Racing Point F1 in 2019


Vijay Mallya - In the middle of the 2018 F1 season, Sahara Force India went into administration due to financial trouble


Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains - The company has supplied Sauber during the season, McLaren from to , Force India from to 2018, Brawn in , the Mercedes factory team since , Williams since , Lotus in , Manor Racing in and Racing Point since 2018


In July 2018, ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the team announced that they had been put into administration by the High Court in London add something


Vijay Mallya - In August 2018, the team was renamed Racing Point Force India after a takeover of the team by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll


On 7 August 2018, Lawrence Stroll took the company out of administration, saving 405 jobs add something


On 7 August 2018, it was announced Lawrence Stroll, the father of current Williams driver Lance Stroll had purchased Sahara Force India, bringing the team out of administration add something