Force India has unveiled the VJM11 for 2018, offering a more dynamic look for the team as it builds on the strength of the pink identity that was introduced last year.
The Silverstone-based team, who have a proud reputation for punching above their weight, have finished fourth in the constructors’ standings in each of the last two seasons.
However, repeating the trick – or going better – in 2018 will be no easy feat, with the likes of Renault, Williams and a revived McLaren all vying for position in what promises to be an extremely competitive field.
“I see no reason why we cannot consolidate our position and improve," said Team Principal, Vijay Mallya.
"Yes, Formula One is a very tough and competitive environment, but we are an established team with continuity in all areas of the company. We don’t take anything for granted, but we will be disappointed if we are not fighting for points at every race this year.”
An evolution of its predecessor, the Mercedes-powered VJM11 features tighter sidepods. As part of the launch, the lack of Force India branding on the team kit was notable as the team weighs up a potential name change.
“The DNA of the car is still very much that of last year’s car,” explained Technical Director, Andrew Green.
“We took the decision, quite a while ago, that the launch specification of the 2018 car would be based around our understanding of the 2017 car, but with all new structures required by the regulations in place.
“It is a starting point, a good reference from which to introduce changes quite quickly; it gives our aerodynamics department more time to develop a car for the first race in Australia, rather than having to release parts early for testing.”