Force India unveils VJM06 at Silverstone, no second driver announced
By Berthold Bouman
Force India is the fourth team to unveil their 2013 contender, the VJM06, but unlike other teams, Force India took the VJM06 out for a spin on the Silverstone circuit, and thus are the first team to show a running car.
As the 2013 regulations have hardly changed, the new car is more an evolution than a complete revolution, and design and production has been overseen by Technical Director Andrew Green. But all parts have been redesigned Green said, “It’s a brand new car from the ground-up — everything is new. We discussed carrying over big chunks of last year’s car, including the chassis, but decided not to.”
Force India is the first team to use the ‘modesty’ or ‘vanity’ panel, to hide the step in the nose of the car. “The biggest change that everybody is going to notice this year is the fairing on top of the nose to hide the ‘step’. It’s neutral as far as the car’s performance is concerned but tidies up the flow over the top of the chassis,” Green said.
Paul di Resta drives the VJM06 at Silverstone – Photo: Force India
Team Principal Dr. Vijay Mallya commented on the new car, “The VJM06 doesn’t look massively different to its predecessor, but beneath the skin we’ve looked at every detail to try and find more performance.” And he added, “I’ve followed the development of the car closely and I’m proud of what we have achieved. The objective now is to make sure we build on the promise of last year and have a strong start to the season.”
Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer is optimistic ahead of the new season, “We’ve been working hard over the winter, trying to make improvements where we know we can find performance. Everything has come together very nicely. We’ve also focussed on operational strength by bolstering our simulator programme and increasing our CFD capacity with new hardware.
But still missing during the launch, was the second Force India driver, only Paul di Resta was present at Silverstone, and he commented, “Seeing the car built and complete for the first time is a special feeling. I’ve followed its progress in the tunnel and it looks very impressive — aggressive and fast. Now I’m just eager to get out there and see where we stand compared to our competitors. After the winter I feel refreshed and keen to get back to business!”
All photos: Force India