Force India VJM06 launch – first pictures and video

2013 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Force India VJM06 has been revealed for the first time. The fourth F1 car to be revealed this year broke cover today at Silverstone.

Force India fell from sixth to seventh in the championship despite increasing their points haul.

Paul di Resta has been announced as one of the team’s drivers for this season however the identity of his team mate is yet to be confirmed. Deputy team principal Bob Fernley said they were not naming his team mate today as they “didn’t want to confuse the two stories”.

Force India’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said the team began work on its 2013 car earlier than usual: “We stopped development of the last car in the latter half of last year, and that?s given us a great platform to work from.”

“I expect it to be very competitive this year. The regulations are stable and I expect the field to be as competitive, perhaps even more so than it was in 2012.”

Technical director Andrew Green said the limited scope for innovation under the technical rules forced them to be more aggressive in their pursuit of performance:

“Gains are harder and harder to find due to the regulation stability, so we couldn?t hold back. We had to redesign everything to maximise the potential of the car.”

He added that the team’s focus in testing will be getting to the bottom of Pirelli’s new tyres for 2013: “The new tyres haven?t had too much of an impact on this year?s design. It?s been quite small, really.

“We?ve left ourselves a few options to look after the tyres and keep them in their optimum windows.

“What it will do is drive our winter test programme massively. Our focus in testing will be all around the tyres. It?s one thing we don?t really understand at the moment and we probably won?t until we start running them.

“Ever in winter testing it will be difficult to get the complete picture, running around Barcelona is not going to be the same as running in Melbourne.”

Quotes and additional reporting by Dan Cross.

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  1. i think i’ll miss those step nose, hope lotus keeps it as is.

  2. Woooo, no stepped nose :) 2013 it looks like will be a better year for how the cars look.

  3. It looks like the VJM05 but then can’t say much from the pics. Why do they even bother streaming the launch. Such a fail.

  4. So much for James Allison’s prediction that teams would avoid modesty plates. Between McLaren, Ferrari and now Force India, we’ve got three teams using them. And Valtteri Bottas has confirmed that the Williams FW35 will mot have a stepped nose, either.

  5. Well, this is awkward. One driver at launch? C’mon FI it can’t be that hard to just MAKE A DECISION!

  6. This car is EXACTLY the same as the car that raced in Brazil 10 weeks ago. The front wing, sidepods, exhaust, airbox, everthing is exactly the same except for the nose cone. Obviously they have gone with the vanity panel and apart from that and the little vortex generator just in front of the front suspension, there is no difference at all. Makes sense: the cars that were launched by McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus were just models, probably without any working components. Force India’s had to be ready for the shakedown, so it makes sense that they have opted to go with last year’s car.

    1. As I say that, there are two minor difference: the air box intake is supported by two instead of four pillars and the amount of slots in the rear wing has increased from four to five :P

      1. @andae23 – I’m glad someone else has noticed this. I can appreciate cars being very similar, with subtle differences, like the Ferrari, or even quite a few reworks, like the MP4-28…but this…apart from what you said, I can’t see anything different. I can’t see this being a good year for them.

  7. “Deputy team principal Bob Fernley said they were not naming his team mate today as they “didn’t want to confuse the two stories”.”

    Makes no sence what-so-ever…

    1. Simple: they want maximum exposure, and feel that they can get it by launching the car and announcing the second driver separately, rather than doing both at the same time and having the two stories compete with one another for attention. Especially with Ferrari launching their car on the same day.

      They might get less immediate exposure, but it will pay off in the long.

      1. Perhaps they could have made more of an event with Di Resta pulling off a cover to reveal the new driver already in the car. A bit like last year’s Mercedes launch:
        (courtesy of wtf1).

      2. @prisoner-monkeys

        They might get less immediate exposure, but it will pay off in the long.

        I dont see how. Thoughts?

      3. Had they wanted maximum exposure, it would have been wise not to plan their launch on the same day everyone was at Maranello to see the Scuderia’s new car @prisoner-monkeys

        1. @bascb Force India announced launch date b4 Ferrari

          1. Oh, I know, but had they wanted max publicity, as PM alludes, they would have changed it the moment they found out the attention would be drawn away by Ferrari @malleshmagdum

  8. Its so sad to see Paul on his lonesome. Although i sort of get the “Not confusing the stories” bit, this is the car launch not new driver launch. This should be a celebration of the team & the new car. After all Mclaren seem to have launched with both drivers present one of which is grabbing all the press attention?!?

    Maybe the contract isn’t quite there yet. Or maybe I’m confusing the stories ?

  9. I think most cars look similar to last year’s(apart from nose!) is because they will test with old wing settings and then add on the new parts as testing goes on…..this will help them comparing where they stand and are they moving in the right path..

  10. From the side it’s certainly very, very nice, although from the front the nose looks too wide and fat. That, though, will certainly less time to become accustomed to than the stepped noses!

  11. Nothing spectacular, aesthetically speaking. An ok-looking car. Haven’t ever been a big fan of this livery.

  12. Well it seems nobody is leaving to much leaks on this year car yet, in a way shold had been obvious but actually being so tight last year any small difference can be a big thing for any team.
    Dont rule out a return to step noses or flat ones by any team just yet, is merely an official sponsor showdown …

  13. I’m off to the bookies to put money on Vitaly Petrov being in the other seat. TW Steel has just appeared around the cockpit. If you remember, they were the snout on that pig-ugly renault in 2009 and came with Vitaly there.

  14. Is it just me or is the front wing very basic

  15. i think the car looks great, poor paul on his lonesome , ihave added the picture to my collection on facebook f1 show car hire.

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