The Sahara Force India F1 Team ( briefly Force India ) is an Indian Formula 1 racing team based in Silverstone, England. The team was formed by the acquisition of Spyker F1 by the Indian industrialist Vijay Mallya in 2007. Spyker itself had emerged in 2006 from the Russian Midland team. Midland in turn succeeded the tradition Team Jordan Grand Prix had begun. Force India is the first Indian team in Formula 1 history. In October 2011 the Indian company Sahara India Pariwar acquired 42.5 percent stake in the team.
- 2.1 Statistics in Formula 1
- 2.2 All drivers from Force India in Formula 1
- 2.3 Results in Formula 1
On 14 August 2007, the Spyker team issued an official press release out, it was announced in that team director Michiel Mol have left the team, and spoke for the first time of a possible sale of the team. A consortium led by mole and the Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, the United Breweries Group is announced, then a purchase offer, which was accepted by the Spyker board, as it was communicated to the public on 1 September 2007.
On 5 October 2007 finally changed the owner, but the team continued the season under the name Spyker to an end. On the edge of the race in Brazil, the new name of the team in 2008, Force India, was announced.
To a second driver alongside Adrian Sutil, who possessed the only one on a treaty to determine for the 2008 season, Force India organized a shoot-out with a total of seven pilots. The Spaniard Roldán Rodríguez signed earlier in Spyker as a winter test driver, also located Giedo van competed for the Guard (2007 test driver for Spyker ), Franck Montagny ( test driver for Toyota Racing ), Christian Klien (test driver for Honda Racing F1), Giancarlo Fisichella ( regular driver at Renault F1), Vitantonio Liuzzi ( team driver for the Scuderia Toro Rosso ) and Ralf Schumacher ( Toyota Racing team driver ) to the free places as ordinary and test pilot. Schumacher explained, however, after the test, that he had only his friend Vijay Mallya done you a favor and the Force India only tested, but not participate in the shoot-out, as Force India is not an option for him.
On 11 January 2008, the team announced the final rider combination. Besides Adrian Sutil drove Giancarlo Fisichella, as a test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi came on board.
The 2008 season was undercutting the bad success of the previous teams once again. While in one of the most balanced Formula 1 seasons has long been every other team at least a podium finish and all drivers of these teams could retract points, Force India remained without even a single point. The best result was a tenth rank by Giancarlo Fisichella in Barcelona. The only bright spot was Adrian Sutil in Monaco, who was promoted in the chaotic race just before the finish in fourth lying Kimi Raikkonen off.
For the 2009 season, Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella were confirmed as regular drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and again used as a test driver.
For the 2009 season, some changes were made in the team. The co-owner Vijay Mallya took over as the team manager Colin Kolles, also Mike Gascoyne was replaced as technical director. At the same time the contract for the supply of engines was dissolved with Ferrari. On 10 November 2008, the team announced the partnership with McLaren and Daimler AG announced: transmissions, hydraulics, KERS and more areas are supplied by Formula 1 team McLaren engines from Mercedes-Benz HPE.
On August 29, at the Belgian Grand Prix Giancarlo Fisichella took a surprising first pole position for the team on the circuit of Spa -Francorchamps. This resulted in the second place of Giancarlo Fisichella in the race and thus the biggest success for the team for Force India. A few days later, Fisichella's contract, dissolved at his request, with immediate effect, so that he could go to the Ferrari team to replace the injured regular driver Felipe Massa. For Fisichella, the previous test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi drove the rest of the season on the side of Sutil.
At the Grand Prix of Italy succeeded Adrian Sutil for the first time, to get a starting position in the front row - he went from position two in the race. Vitantonio Liuzzi was also surprised with starting seventh. In the race, however, Liuzzi out due to gearbox failure dropping out of the race, while Sutil won fourth place and thus five points for themselves. He also took the fastest lap of 1:24.739 minutes in the race.
In the rest of the season the performances began to lose and it could have no more World Cup points will be scored.
For the 2010 season, Force India held on to the two regular drivers Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi. For the last race of the development work was stopped; the team focused instead on the work on the car for 2011. Nevertheless, Force India had until the end of the season is a realistic chance to sixth place in the constructors' championship. Only in the last race of the year, the team was defeated by the traditional racing team Williams, who had scored one championship point more. Force India finished the season as seventh in the Constructors' Championship and achieved the best result to date, the team's history.
For the 2011 season Liuzzi was initially the only pilot who had a contract with the team. Force India dissolved the contract but before the season and ordered instead, Paul di Resta, who had in 2010 already participated in several Friday practice and won in the 2010 season for the Mercedes- HWA team the champion of the DTM. Some observers saw the obligation di Resta's a connection with the extension of the contract with Mercedes engine. Liuzzi received compensation, which he used to in large part to buy their way in 2011 at the Hispania Racing team in difficulty. The contract with Sutil, however, was extended. Nico Hülkenberg completes the team as a test driver, he takes part in Friday practice sporadically.
The first race of the 2011 season were successful. Sutil and di Resta came regularly in the points to the finish. Force India finished the season sixth in the constructors' championship, and thus achieved the best result in the history of the team. Here, Force India was established racing teams like Sauber and Williams behind. The gap to fifth-placed Renault team was only four points.
Adrian Sutil left the Formula 1 2012 season Force India. The new driver pairing were Hulkenberg and di Resta, Test Driver Jules Bianchi was. Force India scored 109 points 7th place in the constructors' championship. In last season's race, the Grand Prix of Brazil, Hulkenberg led 30 laps in the race. Di Resta took the Grand Prix of Bahrain in the meantime. It was for both drivers, the first leading laps in Formula 1
In the first test runs the end of February was only di Resta as a driver for the 2013 Formula 1 season. Gave the team the return of Sutil known.
After both drivers drove in the first race in Australia in the Top 10, Indie Force took the vehicles in the second race in Malaysia due to problems with the wheel nuts for security out of the race. In Bahrain, di Resta was leading the race in the meantime and was largely in the top 3 He came in fourth place finish.
After a year with Sauber Nico Hulkenberg returns for the 2014 Formula 1 season back to Force India.
Facts and Figures
Statistics in Formula 1
Status: Bahrain Grand Prix, April 6, 2014
All drivers from Force India in Formula 1
Status: Bahrain Grand Prix, April 6, 2014
Current drivers are shown in yellow.