Based in Silverstone in the United Kingdom, Sahara Force India is registered with an Indian license and partly-owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
The new pink-walled machine of F1, to mark the beginning of their new long-term partnership agreement with Europe’s number one water technology specialists, BWT, is an 11-year-old company who rebranded themselves as Force India from former guise Jordan.
The team's origins stemmed from the Jordan Grand Prix team, which entered Formula One racing in 1991 based at the Silverstone racing circuit. After facing financial issues, it was sold to Midland Group in 2005 again to sell the team facing the same financial crisis this time to Indian businessman, Vijay Mallya for €88 million, who rebranded it as Force India Formula One Team for the 2008 season.
After a pointless debut season using Ferrari’s 2.4 V8 engines, Force India powered themselves technically by a tie-up with McLaren for Mercedes engine. Despite basic lack of downforce, Fisichella earned team’s first pole, points, and podium in Belgium before moving on to Ferrari to replace injured Massa giving way for Liuzzi.
The momentum of 2009 season was carried through from the 2010 season. From then on, the team has been a regular Q3 and point contenders and then fade away in mid-season to Williams and BMW Sauber close the performance gap. The team’s growth was so evident and significant through the 2010-2013 seasons where they consistently fought throughout the midfield rivals for their 6th and a 7th spot at the Constructor’s title.
Inexperienced Adrian Sutil and the impressive rookies Di Resta and Hulkenberg pushed each other each and every season with their decent Mercedes FO 108F 2.4 V8 engine. Along with the team, the rookies and inexperienced drivers were growing into stars.
Force India F1 not only powered themselves with the Mercedes FO 108F 2.4 V8 engine for the 2014 season but also signed in Sergio Perez. The Mexican driver put Force India at the podium in Bahrain GP, this podium finish was the first for the team since 2009. It happened to be their best season finishing with 155 points narrowly missing the 5th spot to McLaren at the very final round. In the following season, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg rack up enough points to carry the team to fifth in the constructors’ standings.
In 2016 the team's championship rise continues as they move above their arch-rivals Williams to achieve a best-ever fourth place in the constructor standings. Perez and Hulkenberg again prove a fast and reliable driver combination, with the former twice finishing on the podium, in Monaco and Azerbaijan. Perez was retained by Force India for the 4th consecutive year, Esteban Ocon replaced Hulkenberg who moved on to Renault.
The Perez and Ocon combination was no less than their previous as they went to retain the 4th place at the constructors’ championship. Sergio Perez partnered with Mercedes protege Esteban Ocon in a new driver line-up that proves a little too close for comfort, forcing the imposition of team orders after a number of spectacular on-track clashes. Force India F1 is high on hopes to improve their stats of 6 podium finishes with this new pair-up as they firmly establish themselves as part of a team that is ‘Best of the Rest’ behind the top three teams.