Force India VJM05 – The Car Sutil Wont Drive

What started out as Jordan Grand Prix and changed hands (and names) several times before landing in the stewardship of Indian bazillionaire Vijay Mallya has become a solid mid-field contender on race days. In 2011, the team finished sixth in the constructors’ standings, behind front-runners Red BullMcLarenFerrariMercedes and Lotus Renault GP. In 2012, however, Force India aims to challenge Mercedes and Lotus for fifth place using the VJM05.

The VJM05 bears the same unfortunate stepped nose of the just-unveiled Ferrari F2012 and Caterham CT01, a trend we expect to see across much of the field as teams deal with F1’s technical regulations.

Former DTM champion Paul di Resta returns for another season in the cockpit. Adrian Sutil having been convicted of assault in Munich, Germany after a brawl at a night club in Shanghai, where Sutil slashed the throat of Genii Capital CEO Eric Lux, co-owner of the team now known as Lotus, with a champagne flute. The conviction comes with a suspended sentence of 18 months and a 200,000-euro fine which is earmarked towards charity which means he will not get seat time with the team this year. His seat now occupied by Nico Hulkenberg.

Story Courtesy Autoblog


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