• Mar 10th 2009 at 7:58AM
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Click above for a hi-res gallery of the 2009 Force India VJM02

While we were busy preparing for the automotive fun fest that is the Geneva Motor Show, one of the last Formula One cars for the 2009 season made its public debut. Called the VJM02 – the second new car since Indian businessman Vijay Mallya bought and rechristened the team Force India – the new challenger ditches the red and gold livery from last year in favor of the orange, white and green of the Indian national flag. As we reported previously, Force India terminated its engine supply deal with Ferrari in favor of a new deal with Mercedes-Benz, incorporating the engine, gearbox, regenerative braking system and hydraulics, implemented on the new car, which will be driven by veteran pilots Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil. With all the cars now revealed and Honda returning to the grid as Brawn GP, it's full speed ahead to the season opener in Melbourne, Australia on March 29.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Cant believe they kept Fisichella. He must be paying them.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except for the fact that Sutil was far worse last year? He drove it into the wall (or grass) on every other race. His only good performance was Monaco - but that wasn't 7th, it was 4th. Fisichella temporarily held the car in 2nd place at Singapore, even if that was due to pitstop-strategy.

        Also, Autoblog - it's been two weeks since VJM02 launched! Guess it's better to show up late than not show up at all...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Metar

        Out of Sutil's 11 Retirements last season 6 of them were from mechanical failures & one was from being punted by Kimi. Driving the 08 Force India under race conditions is like juggling knives for for an hour and 20 mins, eventually there is going to be an accident.
      • 6 Years Ago
      good luck to F.I. !
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't believe Force India are still running around with the Formula One idea...Malya could do with introducing two more champagnes rather than investing his money in formula one after the bad performance last season.

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