• Oct 22, 2007

Following the sale of Spyker F1 (again), the new owners have announced the team's new name: Force India. Indian investor Vijay Mallya got together with former Spyker Cars CEO Michiel Mol to buy the team from the financially-troubled niche sportscar manufacturer, which it now seems had no business in F1 to begin with. Spyker itself had acquired the team from Midland, who in turn had purchased it from Jordan, changing the name and image with each new owner.

Mallya aims to use his new team to raise India's image abroad in an apparent confusion between Formula One and the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, which is made up of national teams. The team's logo is anticipated to include the Indian flag, and will probably look like the one on Mallya's hat (at right).

[Source: Formula One]



It has been speculated that Mallya would employ two Indian drivers. Former Jordan race driver and current Williams tester Narain Karthikeyan, who has also raced for Team India in A1, could well come back to the race seat under the new team. GP2 race winner Karun Chandok, however, wisely announced earlier that he intends to stay another season in the feeder series. The team, under a different name, could very well be in someone else's hands by next year when Chandok is ready to take the leap. Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, is said to have good relations with Mallya, but both parties played down the prospect of the German driver hitching up with the new team.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I've gone through the entire list of comments for this article ..and for some reason (Humorous) enjoyed the small tussle that was played through some of the comments. Sure... the name seems quite different, weird to some and completely insane to others, but have we forgotten that its the race which matters and guts of the drivers which counts (Include the car also). Lets see if F1 2008 is as entertaining as the drama which unfolded at this blog.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ... Force India.... hmm they could have done better...
      Naturally you'll see the kingfisher logo on the car.
      Propaganda is necessary... and now there seems to be a need to do so in india... Heck... they even built their own supercomputer in the 60s.... ( they wanted the Cray, but someone said no)
      I personally think the money could be spent in a better way.... considering the lack of infrastructure that could stimulate economic growth in many areas....
      Oh.. I'm not indian too....
      • 7 Years Ago
      ^- That'll be a billion people or so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If an American team was named Team America most of you would be bowing in front of the flag and chanting God Bless America.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My point was well proved.

        If an American can be proud to have a team waiving it's name, an Indian can be proud of the same.

        The purpose behind the name is not to raise American sentiments towards India but to raise Indian sentiment towards India.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You realize that you just proved his point?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "america IS a super power"

        If that doesn't prove his point I don't know what does. Don't get me wrong though, I'm of Indian background and even I think that Force India is a stupid name but that goes for any other country as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think so, Pat. I'm not American, but knowing many Americans, I can tell you for a fact that at least half the of Americans out there wouldn't find a name like "Force America" too much classier than Force India....
        • 7 Years Ago
        sorry that was a mistype
        imeant to say "theres a difference between team america and FORCE america."

        "You realize that you just proved his point?"
        how?
        • 7 Years Ago
        theres a difference america and FORCE america.
        anyways, america IS a super power
      • 7 Years Ago
      yoga fire!
      • 7 Years Ago
      WTF? This is crazy! Couldn't he think of a better name? What next? Mallya Speed? Formula Vijay?
      I'm not trying to belittle any Indians out here but for heaven's sake, F1 is all about evoking passion from the countless fans.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Perspectives, we all have them.

      If you really think about it, he's being less pretentious than the other teams. The other teams are named after the constructors' own names. At least this guy is not as self absorbed and has national pride.

      I don't really understand what all the fuss is about, but people are generally hostile towards things they don't understand or are different, be it culture, country or your even your next door neighbor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, quite well said.

        I really don't understand that why every post related to either India or China or other non-western state has to sink to racist comments. Of course, the credit for starting it off should go to the writer of the post.

        Nice work, Noah!
        • 7 Years Ago
        P.S.: By "tea" I obviously meant "team", haha.... Sorry, quick-replies with typos are my specialty....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Btw, what happened to Sutil? If I'm not mistaken, he's set to be one of the drivers for the new team.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "... I just think that the name sounds silly, mainly the force part, it just sounds weird."

      OK.

      Why does it sound silly? Why Spyker F1 is not a silly name?

      Maybe and just may be that your mind is not ready to accept names like these. May be lot of people here cannot think of India which does not macth their stereotype about the country.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh, OK, I have a stereotype about my own country, right!

        /end sarcasm
      • 7 Years Ago
      theres a Force Motors in india wonder if that has anything to do with the name?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I, too, am mystified by the vitriolic responses to the name of a backmarker team. Who the hell cares what it is called, as long as its drivers get out of the way when Raikkonen, Hamilton, Massa or Alonso come storming through?
      Not one of the people who don't like "Force India" have written anything intelligent about why they don't like it. Will one of you please do so?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The only reason that I don't like "Force India" as a name is purely subjective, just based on the way it sounds and the choice of the word "force". It's nothing different than me not liking the name "Pilot" for the Honda SUV.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm an India and I am not exactly excited about the name neither do I care about the peformance of the team. I am a hardcore Ferrari fan. However, I think that comments about India and its people are uncalled for. Its very easy to talk about others. Trust me you won't care too much about sarcasm or humour if someone started mocking your country. BTW, the mocking that's going on here is not even based on facts. America IS a superpower, yeah, that looks like its soon going to be America WAS a superpower!! I've been in the US for a few years and I absolutely loved it. Sure there are Indians there who give India a bad name but also look at the numerous Indians out there who are a shining example of excellence in their field and also fantastic human beings. It doesn't take much to talk crap. The jehadis talk crap too. They do it based on a perception much like the comments here. Do you think they make sense when they say that Americans are kiiling muslims around the world? I don't. What's the difference between them and everyone here? I hope you look at that question in the right way and not literally.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry GeeDougg, but he did make a distinction between 'jehadis' and Muslims.
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