Mercedes-powered Force India have revealed their 2017 Formula One racing car, after pulling the covers off their new VJM10 at Silverstone.
“I don’t want to set goals or targets other than to say that we intend to maintain the momentum we have built up in recent years and carry it into the new season. There are too many unknowns to say more than this,” team owner Vijay Mallya said ahead of the season which begins next month.
Force India surprised its fans and opponents alike by their best ever performance, finishing fourth in the constructors championship.
But maintaining that performance in 2017 will not be easy because there have been several changes in regulation for the race. According to the International Automobile Federation (FIA) three seconds are expected in 2017 through the “aerodynamic rules evolution, wider tires and reduction of car weight”. The weight of the car is expected to go up by 20 kg.
The front tyres will be a 305mm-wide thread against 245mm earlier. The rear tyres will be increased to a 405mm-wide thread from 325mm – over 25 per cent wider than it is now.
“It’s going in the right direction, we need to make the cars faster and the cars better,” Mercedes’ Toto Wolff was quoted as saying. “We just need the fastest cars to produce a good show.”