Sahara Force India unveils VJM05 for 2012 season
Silverstone: Aiming a fifth-place finish in the 2012 season, Sahara Force India on Friday unveiled its new car - VJM05, which the team says is more refined and fast.
Drivers Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg pulled the covers off the VJM05 which is the second car to be created under the watch of technical director Andrew Green.
"We have set our sights on challenging for fifth place. To do so we will need to begin the new campaign by delivering the kind of form we showed in the second half of 2011. I believe this is a realistic goal and that we have the talent and determination to realise these ambitions," Team Principal Vijay Mallya said.
Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer echoed those sentiments as he praised the team`s efforts to develop the VJM05.
"The new car has come together nicely over the winter. We don`t know what our competitors have done, but we`ve made some gains over the winter and believe we`re in reasonable shape."
Paul Di Resta said it was exciting to see the new car.
"It`s when you realise that all the waiting is finally over and the season is beginning for real. I`ve had a good winter and I`ve recharged my batteries, but now I`m fully focussed on 2012 and looking forward to the start of testing."
Nico Hulkenberg, who was promoted to racing seat from reserve driver, said, "I saw the new car in the wind tunnel a few times and followed its progress during the winter. It looks aggressive and fast, but we won`t know where we stand until we get out there and compete against the others."