Force India and McLaren Mercedes Confirm Deal
Force India and McLaren Mercedes have confirmed a deal which leaves the small Force India team with engines and drivertrain from the company.
Force India had a contract with Ferrari, but have decided they wanted more parts provided and McLaren were prepared to do that.
It means that Force India now has engines from Mercedes, KERS and Gearbox systems, as well as parts and suppliers sharing. Vijay Mallya also announced that Force India’s computational fluid aerodynamics centre at Brackley would be expanded.
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce a technical partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies and Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines, and also our plan to expand the composite manufacturing capability and drawing office within our Silverstone facility,” said chairman and managing director of Force India Vijay Mallya.
“McLaren and Mercedes-Benz are two of the most famous names in motorsport history having achieved superb success in Grand Prix racing over many years, and most recently, a superb victory in probably the most dramatic world championship Formula One has seen.
“Force India Formula One team has been in existence for only one year, and inevitably our first season has constituted a learning period,” said Mallya. “But we said at the outset that we meant business and were not interested in merely making up the numbers.
“The announcement of our new technical partnership, combined with the new developments and resources clearly underlines that we meant what we said. I would personally like to thank Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Max Mosley, both of whom offered their assistance and support throughout the gestation of this deal.”