Sahara Force India Posts Fastest Time During Day 3 Testing!

Sahara Force India

Team Sahara Force India is preparing hard for the 2016 edition of the Formula 1 championship. Their driver, Nico Hülkenberg posted the fastest time at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya during test 1- day 3 on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. He completed 99 laps in testing and posted the fastest time of 1:23:110 (SS). 

We Indians, as a group, are emotional people. We relate ourselves closely to anything related to our nation or things which represent our nation on an international podium. And when we perform well at those events, it becomes an icing on top of the cake. This is exactly what happened with the iconic Indian team, tearing asphalt with other international teams on the F1 circuits. Let's have a closer look at the at the Force India Team of the 2016 season. 

THE CAR

VJM09

The 2016 Force India Formula 1 car is called VJM09. Painted in Black and Silver, with hints of our tricolor, it is definitely the best looking car in the series. The car has a Carbon fibre composite, monocoque chassis with Zylon side anti-intrusion panels. Suspension orientation is upright and the car runs on Motegi Racing forged wheels wrapped under Pirelli rubber. Power is provided by a Mercedes AMG High Performance V6 Turbo 1.6-litre engine. This V6 is mated to a Mercedes AMG F1 8-speed, semi-automatic seamless shift transmission. 

THE DRIVERS

Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg                            

Date of birth :        19 August 1987 (28)

Born:                       Emmerich, Germany

Lives:                      Switzerland

Weight:                   74kg

Height:                    1.84m

Marital Status:       Single 

2001 – 2004                                                                Vice European Champion Kart Cadets (2001) Italian Junior Champion (2001/2002) German Junior Champion (2002) 8th, European Championship (2002) German Champion (2003) German Vice Champion (2004)
2005   Formula BMW-ADAC, Champion, champion Rookie-Cup, nine wins Winner, Speed Academy 3rd, Formula-BMW World Final Bahrain
2006 5th, German F3, one win, three poles
2006 – 2007   A1GP, Champion, nine wins Winner, Masters in Zolder (2007)
2008 F3 Euroseries, Champion 2nd, Masters in Zolder
2009 GP2, champion F1, test driver, Williams F1
2010 F1, Williams F1, 14th place
2011 F1, Sahara Force India Formula One Team reserve driver
2012 F1, Sahara Force India Formula One Team, 11th place
2013 F1, Sauber F1, 10th place
2014 F1, Sahara Force India Formula One Team, 9th place
2015

F1, Sahara Force India Formula One Team, 10th place

Sergio Perez

Date of birth:        26 January 1990 (26)

Born:                     Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Lives:                    Monaco

Weight:                 64kg

Height:                 1.73m

Marital Status:     Single 

2004   11th, Skip Barber National Championship, 77 points  
2005 - 2006   Formula BMW ADAC, three podiums  
2006 - 2007              A1GP, Team Mexico, two races
2007   1st, British Formula Three – National Class, 14 wins, 14 poles, 19 podiums  
2008 4th, British Formula Three, four wins, seven podiums  
2009 12th, GP2 Series, two podiums (GP2 Asia Series 2009-2010: four races)
2010   2nd, GP2 Series, five wins, one pole, seven podiums  
2011 F1, Sauber F1, 16th place  
2012 F1, Sauber F1, three podiums, 10th place  
2013 F1, McLaren, 11th place  
2014   F1, Sahara Force India Formula One Team, one podium, 10th place  
2015  

F1, Sahara Force India Formula One Team, one podium, 9th place

    

Alfonso Celis

Date of birth:           18 September 1996 (19)

Born:                        Mexico City, DF, Mexico

Lives:                       Barcelona, Spain

Height:                     1.83m

Marital Status:        Single 

2011 Campeonato Turismos de Velocidad 1800cc, Champion, five wins  
2012   6th, Formula BMW Talent Cup, 2 podiums
2013 14th, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, 1 podium  
2014   21st, GP3 Series  
2015          12th, GP3 Series, 1 podium 15th Formula Renault 3.5

With high expectations from the 2016 season, Mr. Vijay Mallya, team principal and managing director said, “Off the back of our best season ever I want us to begin 2016 in the same way that we ended 2015. If you think back to the last race in Abu Dhabi, we were the third fastest team that weekend and took the fight to Ferrari in qualifying and the race. I’m not saying we can do that in Melbourne, but we set the bar high in 2015 and we should try and push it higher in 2016. At the very least our target must be to maintain fifth place and target fourth place as a stretch objective.”

Force India

We wish Team Sahara Force India all the best for the 2016 season. For more updates on Formula 1 teams, rankings and races, stay tuned!

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Sahara Force India Posts Fastest Time During Day 3 Testing!