Vijay Mallya’s Force India to launch F1 car at Silverstone
Force India will be one of the first teams to show off their 2017 Formula One car after announcing a 22 February launch at their Silverstone home base
- Virat Kohli engineered Kumble’s exit, leaked email suggests
- Pujara does one better than Sachin in historic Adelaide win
- When Indian batsmen stepped up in 2003-04 series, and how
- Usman Khawaja’s brother charged for faking attack plot to frame rival
- IOA submits formal expression of interest to host 2032 Olympics
London: Force India will be one of the first teams to show off their 2017 Formula One car after announcing a 22 February launch at their Silverstone home base.
The Mercedes-powered team, who have a changed driver lineup with 20-year-old Frenchman Esteban Ocon joining Mexican Sergio Perez in place of Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg, finished a best ever fourth overall last year.
The team rolled out their 2016 car in Barcelona last February, before principal Vijay Mallya had his Indian diplomatic passport revoked in April with a judge in Mumbai issuing a non-bailable warrant for his arrest.
Indian authorities trying to recover about $1.4 billion from his collapsed Kingfisher Airlines want to question Mallya, who last March flew to Britain where he has an indefinite right of residency.
Mallya attended only one race in 2016, the British Grand Prix at the circuit across the road from the team’s Silverstone factory, and watched the rest remotely.
World champions Mercedes will launch their new car at Silverstone on 23 February, with Ferrari next out on the 24th in Italy.
Pre-season testing starts in Barcelona on 27 February with other teams expected to present their cars at the Circuit de Catalunya on the opening day.
Teams usually leave launches as late as possible, unless they are just to show off a new livery on an old car, to give themselves as much time as they can to finalise new developments.
They will want to start testing with the new cars, however, because 2017 sees new rules with bigger tyres and changed aerodynamics that could shake up the pecking order. Reuters
Editor's Picks »
- Ex-lawyer blames Trump ‘dirty deeds’ as sentenced to three years
- Theresa May pledges to quit before next UK election as she fights leadership challenge
- United Bank of India raises deposit rates by 0.25%
- Uber CEO and Alphabet invest in urban farming startup
- Toyota advances plans to replace Takata airbags in 65,000 vehicles
- Escorts: Japanese joint venture to hone growth in tractors
- HCL Tech’s acquisition of IBM products raises more questions than answers
- Investors ignore NMDC’s price cuts, and worry about its Donimalai iron ore mine instead
- Steel stocks get winter chill as China demand issues resurface
- Why Uday Kotak’s defiance is scaring his bank’s investors