May the Force be with you!
So the Indian Grand Prix is inching closer-and the excitement levels are steadily rising! We thought this would be a good time to tell you a little more about Sahara Force India (everyone’s favourite team, but of course) and why we will be waving its flag this weekend! 1. Sahara Force India is the first Indian Formula One team. It made its debut in the 2008 season under the team name Force India. 2. The fabulous Sahara Force India VJM06 (the team’s car for the 2013 season) with the Mercedes-Benz FO 108Z engine is a truly a work of engineering brilliance! 3. Sahara Force India’s drivers, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil, are both well regarded on the track for their speed and precision. Sutil has been racing for the team since its debut in 2008. 4. Sahara Force India has an interesting legacy within the sport. The team has its origin in the Jordan team (which raced from 1991 to 2005) before the team was renamed Midland F1 racing team and sold to the Midland group in 2005. In mid-2006, the team was again sold to Spyker Cars and was rechristened Spyker F1. Due to financing issues, the team was finally sold to its current owners and ran as Force India in the 2008 season. 5. The first Force India car (the VJM01) was launched at Gateway of India, Mumbai in February 2008 - giving hundreds of Indian fans a first glimpse of the beautiful gold and white car. 6. The team currently has 107 race starts. Their top finish was second at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix when Giancarlo Fisichella drove to a magnificent podium finish (including the fastest lap). 7. Sahara Force India earned their first pole position at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix thanks to a brilliant qualifying drive by Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella. This was just in the second season of the team’s debut. 8. This season, Sahara Force India is poised in sixth place with 62 points, just adrift of McLaren Mercedes and ahead of Sauber Ferrari. 9. At the 2013 season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Sutil finished seventh, while Paul finished eighth, giving the team their best ever start to a season. 10. The team, through the Sahara Force India Academy, is committed to the cause of nurturing and supporting young racing talent. Sahara Force India Academy driver Jehan Daruvala recently won the British Karting Championship. Ten fabulous reasons to support Sahara Force India this weekend! Let’s hear some cheering now, shall we? Photo credits: www.forceindiaf1.com