Sahara Force India can now genuinely call itself part of the F1 establishment. Since its creation in 2008, the team has steadily made its way up the grid, achieving its best result of sixth in the championship in 2011.
It’s a remarkable step forward for the Silverstone-based outfit. A long-term plan, strong management and an insatiable hunger has enabled the crack team to emerge as a dynamic force capable of giving the frontrunners more than a little to worry about.
The statistics bear witness to this: in 2009 it secured its debut pole, podium and fastest lap, in 2010 it was seventh in the championship with 68 points, nine top ten starts and 15 points scoring finishes: a consolidation of that early promise. Given the size and resources of the team, such a performance was even more remarkable. The story continued last year as the team took another step up the championship ladder with 17 points finishes.
The team’s strong form is the crystallisation of the vision set out by Team Principal, Dr. Vijay Mallya, chairman of India’s iconic UB Group. The team incorporates the colours of the Indian flag and is a sporting representation of the emerging generation of young, aspirational, fast-paced global Indians and the growing strength of India as a nation.
Following the signing of a historic partnership with Sahara India Pariwar, the team heads into the new season determined to build on its momentum and reach even greater heights in 2012.