Force India has become the fourth team to showcase its 2017 Formula 1 World Championship season challenger, the Mercedes-powered VJM10.
Revealed to the media at the Silverstone circuit, the team is pinning its hopes on this year’s car being the weapon that will help it maintain or better the staggering fourth overall it claimed in last year’s Constructors’ Championship standings.
Giantkilling driver Sergio Pérez is retained, while Mercedes protégé Esteban Ocon joins the team as the replacement to Renault sign-up Nico Hülkenberg – the Frenchman spent the last nine Grands Prix of the 2016 season racing for the now-defunct Manor Racing team and impressed with his speed against fellow Mercedes junior graduate Pascal Wehrlein.
As has been the case with the Williams FW40, Sauber C36 and Renault RS17 revealed so far, the VJM10 sports the ubiquitous deltoid front and rear wing profiles that the entire grid will run under this year’s radically revised regulations.
The VJM10 is no beauty prize winner in its launch configuration. Unlike its contemporaries seen so far, the car’s profile is quite angular.
The nose section retains the snout-like profile of its 2016 predecessor – the design allows some air to be channeled into an ‘S-duct’ that passes the air flow back over the top of the car.
The launch configuration of the VJM10 didn’t feature this, although the extreme nose-to-chassis angle suggests that is where its exit point will be placed.
With pushrod front suspension and pullrod rear suspension, the VJM10 is tightly profiled at its mid-section and rear. The exception to this the very large and rectangular airbox fin it sports, which is a stark contrast in size and profile to its fellow 2017 runners.
Images via Sahara Force India F1 Team