Sahara Force India F1 Racing Team 2015

History in F1

Force India is one of the newest teams on the F1 circuit, established by buying out Team Spyker F1. It was established in 2007, by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya and former Spyker-owner, Michiel Mol. The team debuted under much fanfare in 2008, coinciding with the first Indian drivers and the Indian Grand Prix debuting in 2011. The team and its young drivers had a very tumultuous season, only managing to garner its first Grand Prix points at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. In 2012, the team has added the Sahara name, as the Indian company Sahara India Pariwar acquired a 42.5% stake in the team. For a new team, it has done extremely well.  For the 2012 Season, the team finished in 7th place with 109 points, ahead of veteran teams like Williams and Toro Rosso. For the 2013 Season, the team finished 6th with 77 points, again beating Williams and Toro Rosso. With a total driver change up in 2014, the team scored 155 points and finished in sixth place. The team has high hopes for 2015, with no driver changes.

Sahara Force India

Information

Since its inception, Team Force India has consistently improved each season. In 2009, it scored only 13 points, in 2010 it scored 68 points, finishing 7th, in 2011 in 6th place with 69 points, in 2012 in 7th place with 109 points, in 2013 6th with 77 points and 2014 6th place with 155 points. For 2015, the team will stay with Sergio Perez and Nico Hülkenberg.

Technical Details & Statistics

Force India began by using the VJM01 chassis – based on old Spyker chassis – and Ferrari 056 V8 engine. In 2009, the team changed to the Mercedes engine, which gave the team better consistency. For 2015, the team will continue to stay with the Mercedes engine, PU 106B Hybrid, and the VJM08 chassis.

Base: Silverstone (UK)

Team Principal: Vijay Mallya

Main drivers: Sergio Perez & Nico Hülkenberg

Engine: Mercedes PU106B

Chassis: VJM08

Debut F1 Season: 2008

Constructors’ Championship Titles: 0

Grand Prix race victories: 0

Pole Position: 1

Fastest Lap: 3

Drivers

Driver 1:  Sergio Perez

Sergio-Perez

The 2011 season saw Sergio Perez’s debut in the F1 racing with Sauber at the Australian Grand Prix. For his first season, the Mexican driver had a solid season, with the highest finish of 7th at the British Grand Prix. Perez finished the season in 16th place with 14 Grand Prix points. The 2012 season was Perez’s second with Sauber and he finished a respectable 10th, with 66 points – highest finish was 2nd place at the Italian Grand Prix. For the 2013 season, Perez joined McLaren and drove alongside veteran driver Jenson Button. He finished the season in 11th with 49 points. 2014 was Perez’s second season with the team and finish 10th with 59 points. He did have three retirements in 2014, but hopefully the 2015 Season will be better for the Mexican driver.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: Mexican

Date of Birth: 26 January 1990

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 0

Pole Positions: 0

Career Points: 199

Podiums: 4

Driver 2: Nico Hülkenberg

Nico_Hulkenberg

The German driver’s F1 career began in 2007, when he test drove for Williams, who were so impressed that they offered him a permanent test driver spot. Hülkenberg became a full-fledged driver for Williams in 2010 and scored his first Grand Prix points at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix. In 2011, he joined Force India as a reserve driver and became a driver for the team in 2012. In 2012, Hülkenberg came in 11th place, with 93 points, with a 4th place finish at the Belgian Grand Prix. In 2013, Hülkenberg drove for team Sauber, finishing the season in 10th place with 51 points. He returned to Force India in 2014 and finished 9th with 96 points. Hülkenberg had four 5th place finishes in 2014 and hopefully he move up to a podium finish in 2015.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: German

Date of Birth: 19 August 1987

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 0

Pole Positions: 1

Career Points: 238

Podiums: 0