2008 F-India car to be called VJM-01

Thu, 7 February 2008, 01:26

Force India on Thursday will reveal that its 2008 car will be called the VJM-01, in deference to new team owner Vijay Mallya.

The team’s new driver lineup, comprising Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil, was revealed in Mumbai (Bombay) last month.

Thursday’s event in the city will reveal the definitive 2008 livery.

Local reports reveal that the event will take place at the famous Gateway of India; a 26-metre high monument located on the Mumbai waterfront.

Team boss Colin Kolles confirmed that the launch car will be a Spyker that has been modified and used by Force India in recent pre-season tests.

“It’s too early to show the final race version that will be used in Melbourne,” he told the Hindustan Times.

The definitive car, a further development of the 2007 Spyker, will be tested for the first time on February 25.

Kolles describes the team’s winter showing so far as “promising but not good enough”, and expresses concern about the news that Kimi Raikkonen has been breaking all records while testing Ferrari’s new car in Bahrain.

“It’s quite scary to be honest,” he said. “We need to get our act together.

“We have improved in terms of understanding the set-up, which is basically due to the drivers. But our engineering department needs to deliver.”

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