Force India extend deal to use Mercedes engines

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Sepang, 2013Force India will remain a Mercedes engine customer, the team has announced.

A new “long-term agreement” will see Force India continue to use Mercedes power in 2014 and beyond. They began using the Brixworth-built engines in 2009.

“Our new agreement with Mercedes-Benz for the coming years is the most significant in the history of Sahara Force India,” said team principal Vijay Mallya.

A new engine formula will be introduced in Formula One next year with teams switching to 1.6-litre V6 engines.

Under the arrangement Force India will receive complete power units including engine and Energy Recovery System, plus transmission and ancillary systems, from Mercedes. These are currently supplied to them by McLaren.

Mallya said he “can?t think of a better partner to work with as Formula One enters a new and exciting era”.

“The agreement gives us the long-term stability we require and will enable us to continue our journey towards the front of the Formula One grid.”

Mercedes other engine customer, McLaren, is rumoured to be switching to Honda power in the near future. Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff said: “It is a significant milestone to announce our first long-term agreement for powertrain supply under the 2014 regulations.”

“This long-term agreement offers excellent value in terms of the balance between price and performance. We hope it will mean Mercedes-Benz and Sahara Force India working together for the entire life cycle of the new powertrain generation,” he added.

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