Force India presents 2016 F1 car, the VJM09

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Force India has taken the covers off its new car for the 2016 Formula 1 season, the VJM09, ahead of the start of testing in Barcelona on Monday.

Force India enters 2016 coming off the back of its most successful season in F1, finishing fifth in last year’s constructors’ championship and scoring its third-ever podium finish in Russia.

Drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will be looking to take the team to bigger and better things once again in 2016 with the new VJM09 car, which was unveiled in the pit lane ahead of testing on Monday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

“You can say the B-spec car from last year formed a basis on which to build our 2016 one,” team technical director Andrew Green said.

“We were in a situation in which the performance on track was very good, and in which the data we were getting correlated well to what we were expecting, so we knew we could continue to develop on a solid platform.

“With the regulations likely to change for 2017, it didn’t really seem like an efficient use of our resources to start from scratch on a project that would have such a limited lifetime.”

Team owner Vijay Mallya commented on the silver and black livery, saying: “The colors reflect our partners and heritage. Although I’m biased, I think our car is one of the best looking on the grid and that’s why I wanted to keep a consistent look for 2016. As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

“I want us to begin 2016 in the same way that we ended 2015. Our technical team is excited about the progress we have made over the winter and there’s every reason to believe we can stay at the front of the midfield battle.”