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New Force India VJM11 'similar' to 2017 car

  • Published on 15 Feb 2018 08:08
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

'Evolution not revolution' appears to be a catchcry as the F1 teams begin to reveal their 2018 cars. Haas is first out of the gates this year with images of its new single seater, as boss Gunther Steiner said the biggest challenge was incorporating the mandatory Halo feature.

"The regulations are pretty stable so the VF-18 is an evolution from last year," he admitted. "You see elements we had from last year on the car this year." Force India is making similar noises, with technical boss Andy Green agreeing that the complexity of adding Halo to the package means teams need a stable base for the winter tests.

"The Halo means you need to make quite big changes," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "So we will try to be in a similar condition that we had with our old car for the start of the testing," Green added. "The (2018) car is a bit more elegant but visually very similar to last year. We want to go to Barcelona with a car that we know works. It should be a good foundation that we can then start to develop with quite big steps."

Without the luxury of evolution, however, is Toro Rosso, the small Red Bull-owned team that has suddenly become the Honda works team. A new McLaren documentary, Grand Prix Driver, depicts how when the 2017 Honda was 'fired up' for the first time in the factory, it was far from a straightforward process.

So when asked if the Toro Rosso factory caught fire when the 2018 power unit barked into life for the first time, the team answered: "Our factory is perfectly fine -- thanks for the concern." (GMM)

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  • pink...

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    • Feb 15 2018 - 11:12
  • Savio

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    O du schoner Westerwald!

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    • Feb 15 2018 - 11:55
  • I suspect as much, but as long as its good and as long as they retain that pink livery, Im fine with it.

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    • Feb 15 2018 - 16:33
    • Kean

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      Id like to see pink, but with more magenta and blue. I say go nuts with the livery, they are the team to do it

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      • Feb 15 2018 - 18:18
    • I dont know, I personally like this colour. Not that Im a very pinkish guy, but it looks very striking compared to the rest of the cars. All we need is a green car (Mercedes and their petrol coloured bits doesnt count IMO) and we're golden.

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      • Feb 15 2018 - 20:25
  • Not a big fan of the livery, but with the incredible performance, grit, and entertainment the delivered I am just a fan of Force India in general. There is no other team I'd like to see get some serious funding more than Force India. Somehow I think that with more funding those guys would easily be fighting for regular podiums and wins.

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    • Feb 15 2018 - 19:34

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