Sahara Force India ha sun veiled its new paint scheme in Mexico City, a nod to the money that the team is getting this year from Mexico for driver Sergio Perez. This year will see the first Mexican GP for a generation and so Force India is keen to try to suck up as much sponsorship as possible. The new car livery is silver and black with an orange stripe from front to rear. The team features sponsorship from NEC (which has traditionally backed the Mexican drivers thanks to a B2B deal with the Slim Family’s telecommunications giant America Movil. The America Movil brands Claro and Telcel also have substantial space on the car as does tequila from Jose Cuervo, insurance firm Inter and the oil brand Quaker State. The team will continue to have funding from Diageo brand Smirnoff although it is a much smaller deal judging by the space involved, while United Spirits, Kingfisher and Royal Challenge remain on the car, despite the fact that Mallya has lost control of the companies.
The VJM08 will appear later. Technical Director Andrew Green says that the car will look different as the front has been changed. There will be a new rear suspension layout with a new hydro-mechanical system replacing the original torsion springs. The VJM08 will not be ready in time for the first test at Jerez but will run in the second in Barcelona.