Force India today launched the VJM05, the car that they hope will secure the team fifth in the constructors’ championship this season.
Race drivers Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg were joined at Silverstone by new reserve driver Jules Bianchi.
“We have set our sights on challenging for fifth place,” said Team Principal Vijay Mallya. “To do so we will need to begin the new campaign by delivering the kind of form we showed in the second half of 2011. I believe this is a realistic goal and that we have the talent and determination to realise these ambitions.”
The VJM05 is the second car to be created under technical director Andrew Green, who described this latest model. “The car looks more refined; a lot racier and a lot more purposeful,” he said. “You can start to see the aerodynamic concepts coming through now. It looks quite a bit different to the previous years, and so far the performance in the tunnel has been encouraging.”
Di Resta is optimistic that the new car will allow him to build on an impressive debut season in 2011. “Seeing the new car built and complete for the first time is always an exciting moment,” said the Scot. “It's when you realise that all the waiting is finally over and the season is beginning for real. I've had a good winter and I've recharged my batteries, but now I'm fully focussed on 2012 and looking forward to the start of testing. There's a really positive feeling in the team, good stability and hopefully we can pick up where we left off at the end of last year.”
Hulkenberg is also beginning his second proper season in the sport, and is looking forward to taking the new car for a spin next week. “I saw the new car in the wind tunnel a few times and followed its progress during the winter,” he said. “It looks aggressive and fast, but we won't know where we stand until we get out there and compete against the others. Preparations for the new season have been full-on with simulator sessions and lots of fitness training. I feel ready to get back to racing and I'm excited to find out what the new car feels like next week.”