The car in each of the pictures isn’t in the team’s 2008 colours: a bright flash of green on the front has replaced the red of last year. The colours are much closer to the flag of India.
Is this, as Anirudh suggests, a leak of Force India’s 2009 colour scheme two months ahead of the VJM02’s launch? More pics below (including one that Fisichella lovers will enjoy…)
Or are Force India going to experiment with a different livery over the winter as they did last year?
That mainly red colour scheme was apparently dropped at the insistence of former engine supplier Ferrari, who apparently thought the shade was too close to their own red. Perhaps McLaren, who are supplying Force India with various components for 2009 including Mercedes engines, feel the day-glo flashes on the 2008 VJM01 were too easily confused with their paint scheme?
Or perhaps whoever designed the Force India calendar got the colours wrong. What do you think?
It’s not unusual for images of teams new liveries to sneak out ahead of their official dates: Williams denied leaked photographs of their 2008 livery were accurate although it later turned out they were.
We’ll know for sure in March when the Force India VJM02 is launched.
Thanks to Anirudh for the tip!
More pictures from the 2009 Force India calendar