The VJM03 designed for Force India to compete in 2010 F1 season by Mark Smith (Design Director), James Key (Technical Director), Akio Haga (Project Leader), and Simon Phillips (Head of Aerodynamics) was the evolution of VJM02 but with new significant features to correspond to regulation changes. The nose has been widened and features a bulge underneath, in between the front wing supports in order to generate some downforce at the front while also creating space to fit ballast. The Force India does not feature the Red Bull V-nose concept but instead has two small bulges to hide the push row suspension elements from open air. The car featured increased fuel tank behind the driver’s seat due to removal of refuelling, the sidepods have been slightly increased in size, reducing the undercut. The power was provided by Mercedes-Benz FO 108X 2,400 cc V8 engine limited to 18,000 rpm. The team retained two drivers that finished the 2009 season, Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi. The overall performance of the car was significantly better than VJM02 from the previous year, and both drivers were regular mid-of-the-grid runners, capable to score points in every race. Sutil, who was in his 3rd year with the team, finished in points in 9 races out of 19 Grand Prix. His best results of the season was 5th place in Malaysia and Belgium, and with 47 points Adrian was 11th in the drivers’ Championship.
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