Sahara Force India is the first team to reveal its new car for the 2014 Formula One season. In Force India tradition, the car has been named the VJM07. New, however, is the livery, which brings a fresh trackside image for the team with the introduction of black alongside the traditional colors of saffron, white and green.
The design of the chassis is similar to that of last year’s VJM06, although there is a lower nose section with a narrower wing, and the exhaust section is completely new. The biggest difference, however, is the power unit, which for 2014 consists of a turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 and energy recovery unit. For the new car, Force India has chosen a power unit from Mercedes-Benz.
“It's been a massive job to accommodate all the changes to the power unit,” Force India technical director Andrew Green said during today's reveal. “It's the biggest change I've witnessed in the sport since I started in 1990.”
As a constructor, Force India managed to come sixth in last year’s season, which put it just behind McLaren. The goal this year for the Silverstone-based squad is to improve on that result.
"We've got to aim higher than last year,” team principal Vijay Mallya said at today’s reveal. “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.”
Coming in handy is some new blood, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hülkenberg replacing Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta as drivers for the team. Sutil has since joined Sauber while di Resta will be competing in DTM this season with Mercedes-Benz.
Also making headlines in the world of F1 is the appointment of Kamui Kobayashi at the Caterham squad. Kobayashi is making a return to F1 after sitting out the past season. He spent the time with Ferrari in its GT program but maintained that his main aim was returning to F1.
Kobayashi will be joined at Caterham by newcomer Marcus Ericsson. Robin Frijns and Alexander Rossi will serve as reserve drivers for the team.