Force India revealed an aggressive new look for the 2015 Formula One season last Wednesday (21) with Mexican driver Sergio Perez telling his compatriots he expected his best season yet.
In a presentation at Mexico City’s Soumaya museum streamed online, the team revealed a mostly silver and black car with orange side streaks and a smoother, more attractive nose.
The Mercedes-powered VJM08 car, with a number of prominent new sponsors, will not debut on track until the second pre-season test in Barcelona next month.
Perez, who has yet to win a Grand Prix, said it was an emotional day for him to present the car in his home country, which is returning to the F1 calendar this year for the first time since 1992.
“I think everyone in the team is really motivated,” said the Guadalajara-born driver, who joined Force India from McLaren at the end of 2013.
“We are starting the season with a big high so I am sure it’s going to be a great year.”
“I am going into my fifth season (in F1) with my best condition ever in all aspects, so I expect to have my best year in Formula One,” he added.
German team mate Nico Hulkenberg, who scored 96 points to Perez’s 59 last season, agreed that the sixth-placed team could do well.
“We have a really solid foundation and I hope we take the next step,” added Hulkenberg. “I’m really excited and look forward to this year.”
Team principal Vijay Mallya and hoped the team, who came close to beating McLaren last year, could again challenge the ‘big boys of F1’.
“We are lucky to have two exceptional drivers who will hopefully steer us to the front of the grid and a few podiums during the year,” he said.
Mallya was especially proud of the new livery on the car, a combination of silver and black with the team’s traditional colour of orange streaking from the nose cone to the rear of the car in two symmetrical curves.
“I love the addition of silver, which makes the car appear more sleek and aggressive. I’m sure it’s something that will appeal to the fans as well,” said Mallya.
“Our traditional team colours remain integrated in the livery, but we’ve given it a very modern twist.”
With regard to the shape of the car, there has been a lowering at the front of the car of the chassis and the nose.
“The front of the car looks very different from what we had developed previously,” said technical director Andrew Green.
“It is a redesign that involved a lot of work over the winter, as the new regulations caused a loss in terms of downforce and we’ve been working to claw back all that performance.”
Green and Mallya will be looking for Force India to improve on their sixth place finish in the 2014 constructors championship.
McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull will also be unveiling their new cars in the next two weeks.
The season starts in Australia on March 15.