22 January 2014: Force India are the first team to release a single picture of their VJM07 2014 Formula 1 car. The photograph being carefully chosen to avoid revealing too much detail.
Formula 1 is introducing the biggest set of rule changes for a generation this season and the F1 teams are keeping a close eye on rival designs.
Technical director Andrew Green:
"The nose design on the car in the picture was a "launch spec". Later, we will have an updated front end of the car, which potentially is quite different. We had to take quite a pragmatic view of it and say we've got to go testing so we've got to get a car out of the door."
"Almost every single part is a new design, from the front wing right back to the diffuser. The genetics of the VJM07 still lie in the 2013 car, but we've had to achieve the same results in a slightly different way."
“It's been a massive job to accommodate all the changes to the power unit - it's the biggest change I've witnessed in the sport since I started in 1990. Cooling has been the biggest challenge with most of last summer taken up trying to understand the cooling requirements of the power unit, and how best to optimise it in the chassis.”
Team pricipal Vijay Mallya: “The VJM07 looks stunning and the new livery reflects the way Sahara Force India is evolving. I’ve always believed our cars have been the most eye-catching, but adding black as a main colour gives us a fierce new look."
"We've got to aim higher than last year. It's an ambitious goal, but I believe it's a realistic one because we have to look forward and take the fight to the teams ahead of us. We have the key elements in place to continue moving forward."
As well as new colours, the changes beneath the skin of the VJM07 are even more extensive due to the new technical regulations.
Vijay Mallya:The new rules have presented us with a huge challenge, but I’m very proud of the approach we have taken and the direction of the technical team. It will be fascinating to see how different teams have interpreted the rules and at this stage it’s impossible to predict who has done the best job.”
Vijay Mallya pointed to the team's new technical partnership with Mercedes, which is supplying the entire drivetrain, and their all-new driver line-up of German Nico Hulkenberg and Mexican Sergio Perez"