Force India and Mercedes-Benz have confirmed a renewal of the deal that will see the German marque powering Vijay Mallya’s cars for the 2014 season and onwards.
There had been speculation as to what engines the Sahara Force India team would run next season, as the new V6 units come into force. Earlier in the winter, when Jules Bianchi was linked to the team, it was thought that the Indian team may be moving to Ferrari power.
But instead, Force India will remain Mercedes powered on a multi-year deal.
“Our new agreement with Mercedes-Benz for the coming years is the most significant in the history of Sahara Force India. With new powertrain regulations being introduced next year, I can’t think of a better partner to work with as Formula One enters a new and exciting era. The agreement gives us the long-term stability we require and will enable us to continue our journey towards the front of the Formula One grid,” Vijay Mallya said at the announcement.
“It is a significant milestone to announce our first long-term agreement for powertrain supply under the 2014 regulations. Sahara Force India was our first genuine customer in Formula One back in 2009 and we are delighted to enter an expanded, long-term relationship with them from 2014 onwards,” Toto Wolf, the new executive of Mercedes AMG Petronas added.
“This long-term agreement offers excellent value in terms of the balance between price and performance. We hope it will mean Mercedes-Benz and Sahara Force India working together for the entire life cycle of the new powertrain generation.”