Force India became the first team to pull the covers off their new car, revealing a revised nose and a new livery, although not the fully redesigned VJM08. The new livery has plenty of black and a lot of silver, making it reminiscent of McLaren paint jobs in years gone by.
Dr Vijay Mallya is keen, though, saying: “It’s another evolution of the contemporary look we introduced last year, which reflects the growth of the team and the global brands with which we are working. I love the addition of silver, which makes the car appear more sleek and aggressive and I’m sure it’s something that will appeal to the fans as well.”
Meanwhile, the team weren’t the first to release some new imagery this year, with Williams unveiling a rendered picture of the FW37 on the cover of a magazine. The new nose is the most prominent feature with a slightly less obtrusive but still quite stubby tip. Technical chief Pat Symonds said: “We felt we came up against design barriers in the FW36 and so took the opportunity to remove those barriers for the benefit of the performance.”
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