Force India brings new VJM08 to final test session

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It's been weeks since most of the Formula One teams participating in the 2015 world championship revealed their new chassis. The one hold-out (aside from the troubled Manor Marussia and Caterham teams) was Force India, which is still intent on taking part in the upcoming season, but aside from revealing a revised version of its signature green and orange livery, wasn't ready to showcase its new chassis until now. The team skipped the first pre-season test session in Jerez, and ran its 2014 chassis at the second session in Catalunya. But it's finally done getting it ready and ran the new chassis at the final test session, and here it is.

The new 2015 Force India VJM08 – the eighth chassis since Vijay Mallya took over the team – hits the track once again under Mercedes power. The team has retained the same lineup as last year, with Mexican driver Sergio Perez partnering once again with Germany's Nico Hülkenberg. The two will be tasked with improving the team's lot over past seasons.

After taking over from Spyker, Midland and Jordan before it, Force India finished the 2008 world championship in 10th place, advanced to ninth the following season, then seventh, and completed the last two seasons in sixth place – well ahead of Toro Rosso, Lotus and the back-markers but behind front-runners like McLaren, Ferrari, Williams, Red Bull and Mercedes. The team's best result to date was the second-place finish which Giancarlo Fisichella achieved at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix, and scored a solitary podium finish last season in Bahrain.

So how are its chances looking for this season? It may be too early to tell, but the team was stuck near the bottom of the time sheets at the final test session in Barcelona over the weekend with the new VJM08 chassis pictured here. We'll be watching to see how it fares once the season kicks off in a couple of weeks in Melbourne.

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