Force India profile
Last Updated: 31/03/15 3:10pm
After a solid if unspectacular 2014, Force India will be striving to take a more starring role in the season ahead.
Sergio Perez’s third-place finish in Bahrain accounted for the Silverstone-based outfit’s only podium of the year with the team ultimately beaten to fifth in the Constructors’ Championship by 25 points by McLaren. Over one hundred points then separated Force India from the seventh-placed Toro Rosso, underlining the stability of the team’s status as the best of the rest in 2014 behind the sport's big hitters.
The continuity of the team’s driver line-up into 2015 – with both Perez and Nico Hulkenberg retained – ought to pay the team a useful dividend and, with Mercedes power on their side, more podiums should be within their range. Perez’s Bahrain breakthrough was Force India’s first top-three result since Giancarlo Fisichella's giant-killing runner-up finish to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at Spa in 2009.
It's easy to forget now that in 2008, when Indian business mogul Vijay Mallya completed his takeover of the former Jordan, Midland and Spyker team, the squad were propping up the back of the grid.
Mallya famously stated at that relaunch that he wanted the new-look outfit to claim a podium finish at his country's inaugural grand prix when it was held in 2011 - an ambition that at the time seemed a pipedream. The team would finish ninth - out of ten - in the constructors' standings that season but the following years saw substantial progress, with the team finishing either sixth or seventh in the Constructors’ Championship between 2010 and 2013.
With the pattern maintained into 2014, the team are, as the name suggests, clearly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in F1.