A Force to be reckoned with?
Formula One cars are aesthetically pleasing, it’s a fact. Even the ugliest Formula One cars in history still have some plus points whether it be the livery, the nose or the rear wing – something will always please.
Sometimes though everything just falls into place to create a masterpiece and that’s certainly what Force India have done with the VJM08.
Unveiled in Mexico on January 21st the VJM08, which will not make its debut until the second pre-season test in Barcelona, has a brand new striking color scheme which is predominantly silver and black with strips of orange.
A noticeable difference to the 2015 model is the new nose which Force India have designed in a way that almost hides the ugly drooping nose cone needed to meet regulations.
Other key differences include modified side pods, brand new cooling intakes and a new hydro-mechanical rear suspension layout.
Even though the new car is extremely good looking that won’t help on track performance and the new VJM08 is already running behind schedule.
The team believes that their true pace won’t become clear until the Spanish Grand Prix. This is mainly due to the team moving to the old Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne.
Technical director Andrew Green is hopeful despite already running behind schedule that once updates arrive at Barcelona development will be rapid.
“The first significant package should be at the beginning of the European season,” said Green. “It will be the first batch of upgrades based solely on the work done at the new wind tunnel.”
In reality it could turn out to be a tough season for Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. After showing such promise at the start of the 2014 campaign Force India faded away to finish 6th in the constructors’ championship ahead of Toro Rosso.
They will, as mentioned before, begin this year on the back foot but it could be worse. If they are going to be trailing behind the field in Melbourne at least they will be doing it with style……