Sahara Force India became the latest team to unveil it’s 2017 challenger at Silverstone today.
After a successful 2016 where they managed fourth ahead of Williams in the constructors championship the team looked to maintain the progress made and consolidate fourth as well as challenge the top three.
Team owner Vijay Mallya took to the stage first to speak about his delighted at last season and goals for the year ahead on this the teams tenth anniversary.
“If we did not dream big, we would not have finished fourth in the world championship last year. “To be in the company of Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari is a compliment in itself.”
He mentioned that the teams goal is to break into the top three and pointed towards how the team has always punched above its weight. Mallya also mentioned about the great work done despite a budget less then some of their rivals.
Next on stage at the event, which was hosted by Sky Sports F1s David Croft and Natalie Pinkham, was Sergio Perez and new recruit Esteban Ocon.
Check feels the changes could make it feel like the jump from GP2 all over again.
“It makes me feel confident that in the four years I’ve been in the team, I know the right people have been working on this car,” says Checo. “At the end of last year, we were the fourth fastest car. I do expect to have a very big year for the team.”
Ocon said he is looking to learn from his new team mate. “I hope I will learn a lot from him in the test,” he says “My goal is then to be on the pace straightaway.” Perez joked he hoped to be able to keep Ocon under control!
It was then time for the covers to finally be removed and the car to be revealed. The car shows a more prominent thumb nose in comparison to what we have seen so far while the shark fin is also there as we have seen so far.
A noticeable yet subtle feature is the small step I the nose just around the front wheels, something not seen so far. Will this provide an advantage for the Silverstone based team at all?
The black and silver colour scheme with hints of orange and green remain as before. It will be interesting to see if the team can challenge the top three this season or if others might catch up.
The team is now in a position of having to look forward and back to those chasing, something it has not had to do much of before.
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