Born in 2008 Force India F1 Team is equally owned by Watson Ltd, by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya (Kingfisher Airlines owner), and Michiel Mol, co-owner of Spyker. Force wanted India’s breakthrough in the world of F1. The country hopes to organize a Grand Prix by 2010.
From a technical point of view, the car is designed by the experienced Mike Gascoyne and equipped with V8 Ferrari engine. For the drivers, the shining Adrian Sutil was quickly confirmed, the second bucket was very disputed. In December 2007, the team organized numerous test sessions to decide the different candidates, namely Ralf Schumacher, Franck Montagny, Giancarlo Fisichella, Roldan Rodriguez, Christian Klien, Giedo van der Garde and Vitantonio Liuzzi. It is finally Fisichella, 35, who is chosen, Liuzzi being satisfied with the post of tester.
The team’s first single, the VJM01, is a simple modification of the earlier Spyker. Under these conditions, the team has a hard time getting something out of the car all season long. After the withdrawal of Super Aguri, the two Force India regularly occupy the last two places on the grid. Both drivers managed to sign some great performances in the race. So Fisichella is close to the points in the GP of Spain he finishes tenth. In Monaco, Sutil makes a great race on a wet track and is fourth in a few laps to the finish. Alas, he is hit by Raïkkönen and must give up, leaving the opportunity to score the first points of the team. This opportunity does not happen again afterwards, as the two pilots meet incessant technical problems. Sutil thus abandons not less than eleven times out of seventeen departures …
Force India ends its first season without a point on the classification table.