Force India, Sepang, 2011

Force India mark Cricket World Cup win on livery

2011 Malaysian GP Thursday picturesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India have added a message celebrating India’s Cricket World Cup triumph to their car.

Here are more pictures of what the drivers and teams have been up to since arriving in Malaysia.

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54 comments on “Force India mark Cricket World Cup win on livery”

  1. Ugh, cricket. A sport I’ll never understand.

    1. Its a fantastic sport. tactical to the extreme, much like F1, a true team sport (less so like f1!) and requiring great skill. I dont know if you have ever watched much live cricket (I have not watched a huge amount, but enough) it really does end up captivating you, I promise. Give it a go!

      1. The only form of Cricket I like is 20/20. It’s such a dire sport though when it goes over 50 overs….

        On a side note am I the only one who hates the look of the Force India from the onboard shots? Then again the whole livery is awful…

        1. I preferred yhe 2010 one to be honest.

        2. Thats like saying all F1 races should be 20 laps long, any longer and its dire! or even better, simply an hour long qualifying session and whoever posts the highest time wins! It removes any element of tactics from the sport…give cricket one more chance, watch a match in its entirety and enjoy it!

      2. It’s the only sport I watch other than F1. Also, more of that rain would be nice on Sunday! :P

        1. Hey, nice article re:the Aus GP Damon. Good to see what some of you finally look like. Ummm… Geoffrey looks about like what I imagined. :P

        2. I’m with Damon, Cricket is awesome. There really is nothing better outside F1 than following the ebbs and flows of a 5 day test match. For me no other sporting series or event will ever be more perfect than the 2005 Ashes.

          And congratulations to India, fully deserved to win the World Cup.

    2. I think you almost have to be raised on it to really appreciate it. Cricket is one I don’t think I get either.

      1. Me either. A game that can go on for 5 weeks and still not have a winner is completely befuddling to me.

        1. 5 days, not 5 weeks lol.

          1. There was some series last year, maybe the year before. England were playing… I say series, it was one game but played over a best of 5. 5, 5-day games were played, over 5 weeks, and there still wasn’t an overall winner. Very silly.

        2. No different than football or rugby, they can easily have a tied match as well.

      2. It helps if you have a chance to play it. I never realised how fast the ball actually would go when I first went into bat when I played at school. Luckily the bowler was not aiming direct at the stumps or I’d be out for a duck. Once you appreciate the skill involved the whole game comes alive. Unfortunately the ECB is ruining the game in England by pushing all the TV coverage off to the highest bidder (Sky). Lack of terrestrial TV time does not encourage youngsters to take up the sport. I got to play at school when I was younger and I could watch the test matches throughout my summer holidays on TV. How the ECB encourages kids to pick up the game now is beyond me?

        1. It doesn’t necessarily follow. It’s much harder to hit the ball in baseball but I still see many cricket fans deride it.

          Some things are just more exciting to look at, cricket tends not to be one of them. I think it has something to do with not moving most of the time.

          1. MacademiaNut
            8th April 2011, 1:45

            Yep. The scoreboard is moving all the time in cricket, unlike baseball.

      3. It’s probably the same with all sports. I don’t like tour de france, but when I hear a colleague tell about, passionately, I can understand that if you’re a follower it’s actually fun to watch.

        Time constraints however prevent me from following any other sport than F1 (OK and a bit of GP2).

    3. And they play 5 days just to end the game in a tie.

    4. Baseball is far superior.

      That was a joke.

  2. It’s difficult to convert people that don’t like cricket to like it, and i can understand that, but personally I love it, so congratulations to India, and a nice gesture by Force India :)

    1. It’s not that I don’t like it. Like PM said, I just don’t understand it.

      Do you understand American football or baseball?

      I think that what we’re saying is that we might like if we could understand it.

      1. That’s right.

        Little off topic… Last year I had a nasty illness and had to lie in bed, and couldn’t really do much more than watch TV. Fortunately I had ESPN America on my cable (not that usual in Poland) and I started watching American football while reading Wikipedia articles about the game rules.

        Not that I became a great fan of the game, but it was very interesting to get to know the rules, the tactics, I started to appreciate the effort of the players.

        Unfortunately there’s probably no cricket coverage in Poland, so I may never have the chance to understand this one ;)

    2. Knew you would have something to say about all the cricket bashing!

      I can watch it, but I don’t follow it.

      And yep, nice gesture. HRT should do the same.

  3. Sound_Of_Madness
    7th April 2011, 12:24

    A bit of an ill-fated attempt to play the role of the “Indian F1 Team”?

    1. The team’s got “India” in its name. It’s got an Indian team owner. I think Mallya can be allowed to show his patriotic side a little. You’d probably understand better if you were Indian ;)

      1. Sound_Of_Madness
        7th April 2011, 13:15

        Quite possibly, but still something of a marketing ploy ;)

        1. Strip off all that orange and green paint… there’s a yellow and black hornet underneath

          1. BE..ON..EDGE. Heh

      2. or a Hindu… ;)

      3. Well yeah he’s just being patriotic, there’s nothing else too it really. Cricket is a big thing over there.

      4. Not forgetting of course that Mallya actually owns an IPL cricket team… and the 2011 IPL kicks off in the next week or so :D

        1. Not forgetting of course that Mallya actually owns an IPL cricket team… and the 2011 IPL kicks off in the next week or so

          Ahhhh….I take it all back.

        2. I think last season he had suspended a 2009 Force India chassis in the stands in the Bangalore stadium and lit it up with spotlights! So you have to hand it to him, he is promoting F1 in quite a grand way in India, putting a car pride of place on national tv coverage with a significat national audience.

  4. Nice pics Kieth, although i am still waiting for the “Shiny golden suits”.

  5. Any pics of any pirellis? Apparently they have stripes now like last years bridgestones

    1. Yeah it looks like they put a gold stripe on the softs according to autosport. But it’s temporary, they will change it back using stronger colours for the European races.

  6. what’s cricket….

      1. lol! i am an indian and a hardcore fan of cricket(and f1, of course)! that totally dumbfounded me!

  7. It will be interesting watch out turnout for INDIAN GP later this year. Most of Indians being Cricket lovers and F1 being totally different kind of sport to them. Plus lack of F1 success among Indian drivers and teams will be a huge negative point, as most of Indians are glory hunters.
    But still there are some die hard F1 fans in India.

    1. Yeah, I think it was a clever idea on the part of Force India.

      It cost them absolutely nothing to do it and I think that by doing it, they will bring a bit more attention to F1 in India.

    2. Williams4Ever
      7th April 2011, 18:11

      @Ninad – Given the large number of Indian fans I have seen travel to races in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Middle-East. There will be enough Indian presence in the grand-stand.

      Just like elsewhere, the local media, corporate drum up the event locally and have contests with give-away tickets etc, so one should not worry too much I guess.

      And then Bernie always sells this “Sports Tourism” to Local Race Promoters/Governments, so shouldn’t there be F1 fans traveling Delhi to attend the event :-?

      Given that there are talks about Driving on race-day is part of Chandok’s contract with Tony-Lotus, there should be two Indian drivers on the grid. And while they are not the Alonsos or Hamiltons, they are not shabby given the quality of cars they have driven in F1 so where’s the lack of success of drivers factors in?
      F1 goes to Malaysia which has produced only one F1 driver to date and Singapore/China/Bahrain/Abu Dhabi/Turkey has no driver in F1, Still there is enough local presence in Grand stands, obviously not having full grandstands has got to do with the Hefty ticket prices (that Bernie mandates), but then Bernie cares for TV coverage and if that is not shabby where is the problem?

      So why so much gloom and doom Ninad?
      Having worked with someone with same name, I know the part of the world you are from and expected to be more enthusiastic about the Indian GP…

      1. Well I know Indians well so I can tell you one thing they will not be buying a costly F1 ticket. But if its a give-away then all of them will be there.

    3. Well for the Indian GP to get an equivalent per capita race day crowd to Australia, they need to get something like 5.75 million through the gates!

  8. the force india looks awesome and most beautiful

  9. Alonso looks very relaxed this year.

    1. Yeah, especially in the last picture. You’d think he was at a spa, not a race track!

  10. Here’s a first look at Renault’s “races in hot areas” overalls, provided by Nick Heidfeld via his Facebook profile:

    1. Why am I underwhelmed?…I think it’s the lack of glitter.

      1. I think it looks awesome! Best looking car/overall combo on the grid :D

  11. i concede some things are just plain incomprehensible.

  12. i believe damn near every sport is played in the states. we have aus rules football, rugby, curling, competitive basketweaving, and even cricket.

  13. That’s nice gesture from FI.
    People in India love cricket, or shall I say that its more like a religion here. So, it seems F1 has a battle in front to get a firm foot in India :)

    Jokes apart. Can’t wait for inaugural Indian GP this year. I am quite sure it will be house full.

  14. Cricket is one of the team sports where you have the platform to shine individually. Ie, Brian Lara, legend of the game who batted for nearly 2.5 days against England ina test, yet the rest of the team was generally poop.

    I seem to end up nearly watching all sports including american ones, even though their prerequisites involve being fast, explosive and 200+ lbs

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