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So far, the Force India team has had a consistent season in Formula One. Unfortunately, that means consistently running at the back. But Indian business mogul Vijay Mallya is committed to making a go of it, and the latest deal in the works could give his team the machinery they need to start moving up the field.

The deal is reportedly all but complete between perennial back-marker Force India and front-runners McLaren for the former to buy their cars – lock, stock and barrel – from the latter. It's a highly tentative deal, however, as Formula One rules are due to be enacted that would ban customer cars. F1 teams are supposed to act as their own constructors, however other teams – such as Red Bull and Toro Rosso, Honda and the defunct Super Aguri – have been using common designs. David Richards' Prodrive outfit was slated to re-enter the series with customer cars from McLaren, but withdrew their tender at the last minute due to the anticipated ban on customer cars. Force India, which currently builds its own chassis and buys engines from Ferrari, evidently thinks the rules won't be enforced. If it is allowed to proceed, the Force India team would turn into an effective B-squad for McLaren.

[Source: F1-Live]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, usually I'm against F1 having homogenate engine and chassis like NASCAR and IRL in North America. However, in the past few years, Ecclestone and co. has been pushing for cost cutting measures like single tyre supplier, single electronics supplier and now rumored single engine supplier in 2010. If they are serious with cost cutting in F1, then why don't they allow customer cars to compete?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Second your opinion, but if they really want to cut costs, just get every driver a "reasonably priced car" :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe McLaren can sell them chassis they know are just slightly better than Ferrari but just slightly worse than McLaren, then Lewis can have his own "team orders" :)
      at any rate, a new chassis/engine would be the only thing that would give me hope in Force India for next year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The best that could happen to force india .

      • 6 Years Ago
      A better faster car can't fix the problem behind the wheel.....Sutil is out of his league. Go back to Formula 3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow VJM looks like vijay mallya has let fame go to his head
        • 6 Years Ago
        vijay mallya has let money go to his head

        ^^ fixed
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this is true, Force India better be prepared to start getting bogus penalties handed down from Mosley & the FIA...
      • 6 Years Ago
      So do they mean a full car or just the monocoque or something? I see no reason for that to be illegal but most of it blah