Force India VJM04 2011 Car Launch

VJM04, via Autosport

The new Force India car is an interesting subject. The air-box has been changed considerably to use the blade style pioneered by Mercedes last year, and adopted by Team Lotus this year. It’s an interesting change considering Mercedes themselves haven’t continued with that concept and have gone back to a traditional style.

The front of the car is where I am most perplexed though. The nose looks chunky, just like last year’s VJM03 and also the Renault from 2010, which was considered by quite a few to be the worst looking nose of any car last season. I don’t really understand why they haven’t followed the trend of sleeker, slimmer noses on their new car, but they were at least ahead of most of the rest in having a high nose on the car, along with Sauber who also have had a similar design for several years. I just hope that their bulbous one doesn’t detract from their performance gains elsewhere.

As far as the look of the car livery wise in concerned, I really like the new digital look of the accent colours over the white base. The layout of the logos is also improved and it’s a really nice change from their livery of the last two years.

They will run the car for the first time on Thursday in Jerez.


F1 Off-Season News #3

Force India Driver Lineup

It’s finally been confirmed that they have bought out Vitantonio Liuzzi‘s contract and given his seat to up and coming star Paul Di Resta. It’s tough for Liuzzi as it’s not showing much confidence in him especially since he had a contract for this season. I suppose it’s nice that he’s getting paid to not race in 2011 but don’t rule him out yet for the one remaining open spot at HRT. However, judging from their pick of Narain Karthikeyan, they could pick from a pool of many drivers, a lot of which may be unknown to the majority of fans.

As far as Force India’s remaining seats, they have kept Adrian Sutil as he has driven for them in each of their 3 seasons so far and stretching back to when the team was known as Midland and Spyker in 2006-7. They have also signed Nico Hulkenberg who as we know was released by Williams due to them selling out to Venezuela and signing the GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado. Hopefully Hulkenberg can get a drive next year, although he possibly had a chance to be with HRT and chose not to go down that route.

Ferrari Using Toyota’s Wind Tunnel

This was an interesting detail that came out with the F150 launch yesterday. It’s good that Toyota are continuing to make money out of their state of the art facilities. It’s just a shame they aren’t using it themselves any more, and that they didn’t make the best use of it when they had the opportunity to.