Force India VJM05 launch – first pictures of their 2012 F1 car

2012 F1 cars

Force India VJM05, 2012

Force India VJM05, 2012

Force India have launched their 2012 F1 car at Silverstone circuit.

The VJM05 is their fourth car to use a Mercedes engine. It will be driver by Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, the latter taking Adrian Sutil’s place at the Silverstone-based squad.

The team aim to build on their best-ever result of sixth in the constructors’ championship last year.

Di Resta, who starts his second season with the team, said: “The thing we’re going for this season is a stronger start than we did last year.

“Our momentum towards the end of the year was incredible and I think everyone is still on a buzz from that and it would be great to start from where we left off.”

“I want to do better, that’s my main focus. Last year we were very close to coming fifth as a constructor and we met our ambitions by finishing sixth.

“We’ll keep moving on, as long as it’s upwards, that’s the main focus. We need to push and carry that momentum from last year.”

Di Resta and Hulkenberg each have a single F1 season to their name. Di Resta added: “Hopefully me and Nico can work well together. We’re quite young but we’re very ambitious.”

Hulkenberg, who drove for Williams in 2010 and was Force India’s reserve driver in 2011, said: “It feels good to be making a return to F1.

“I was very happy when I found out because last year, sat on the sidelines wasn’t easy. But still a good year because Force India gave me the opportunity to prove my skills on Friday mornings.

“I think I improved and continued to learn in 2011, but in different ways. Obviously I wasn’t driving, but behind the scenes, on the pitwall seeing how everything worked – these are all things that should help me in races.”

Here are the first pictures of Force India’s new F1 car:

Quotes and additional reporting by Dan Cross.

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91 comments on Force India VJM05 launch – first pictures of their 2012 F1 car

  1. SouthPawRacer (@southpawracer) said on 3rd February 2012, 15:18

    I think I may take to referring to Force India as “Mustache GP” this season.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 3rd February 2012, 15:28

    It has the horrible nose, but it’s much less accentuated than in the F2012. The livery is great although I’d personally have left the front wing white, not green. The Sahara logos on the sidepods are horrible.
    The way the cameras are mounted on the car di Resta drove make the nose worse, I hope they change them.

  3. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 3rd February 2012, 16:35

    This is the only car so far (With the front-step nose) that I like. The Caterham still being the least, and the Ferrari not too bad, but still worse than the Force India.

    I think the FI looks aggressive and mean. So I’m hoping that it’s quick too.

  4. David B said on 3rd February 2012, 17:51

    I don’t want to raise suspicious but…why Force India was allowed to run the new car out of official test sessions? Were some demonstrative rounds allowed or is there some parts of the rule I’m not aware of?

  5. Shery said on 4th February 2012, 2:11

    The fastest and the pretiest cars are yet to launch. Fatest = RBR ; Pretiest= Lotus.

  6. Chaz (@chaz) said on 4th February 2012, 16:37

    This cars nose resembles that of a romanesc hammerhead shark… and thus I think a name change is in order…

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