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Five for fighting - Force India reveal the VJM05, ready to race for fifth place in 2012

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Force India reveal the VJM05, ready to race for fifth place in 2012
Sahara Force India Formula One Team

Paul di Resta gets his first taste of the brand new VJM05 as Force India unveil their 2012 challenger at Silverstone. The British driver was joined by teammate Nico Hülkenberg, and reserve driver Jules Bianchi, to pull the covers off the new car.

COO of the team, Otmar Szafnauer spoke at the launch: “The new car has come together nicely over the winter. We don’t know what our competitors have done, but we’ve made some gains over the winter and believe we’re in reasonable shape. It’s going to be difficult in the midfield, but our focus is on starting strongly and improving our position from last season."

Team boss Vijay Mallya has already confirmed that fifth place in the constructors' championship is the goal this season, after their sixth place finish in 2011.

Paul di Resta is relishing the challenge, saying: "Seeing the new car built and complete for the first time is always an exciting moment. It’s when you realise that all the waiting is finally over and the season is beginning for real. I’ve had a good winter and I’ve recharged my batteries, but now I’m fully focussed on 2012 and looking forward to the start of testing. There’s a really positive feeling in the team, good stability and hopefully we can pick up where we left off at the end of last year."