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Profile: Focus On Sahara Force India F1

Profile: Focus On Sahara Force India F1

In 2007 Indian businessman Vijay Mallya bought the Spyker F1 team and transformed them into Force India for the 2008 season, just nine years later their performances are on another level.

There was no real surprise that the team spent much of their debut season as Force India toward the back of the grid with Giancarlo Fisichella 10th place finish in Spain their best result.

In the background though the team were hard at work and concentrating most of their energy and development on the 2009 car.

The car the next season was clearly an improvement but still under the old points system where only the top six scored points the team were still struggling to get on the board.

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That was more down to bad luck than ability and Fisichella scored the team's first ever points with a podium finish in Belgium when he ended the race in second.

Just one race later and Adrian Sutil scored his first points with the team, finishing fourth, as Fisichella joined Ferrari for the rest of the season.

2010 was a better year with more consistency for the Silverstone based team as the points situation changed to the top 10 earning points and they did that in 12 of the races, with two double point weeks.

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The next year the team continued to improve their points total with Paul di Resta now in the car along with the long standing Sutil.

The team picked up a then record of 109 points for the 2012 season with Nico Hulkenberg joining Di Resta and leading the Brazilian GP for 30 laps before eventually finishing in fifth.

A change to tyre regulations at the back end of 2013 saw a fall off in form for the team after a good start to the season but the team still scored points in 11 races.

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Sergio Perez joined the team in 2014 and the Mexican secured Force India's second podium finish in history when he came second in Bahrain.

Perez and Hulkenberg picked up 155 points in the season, only failing to pick up points in two races where both drives had to retire.

Things improved further the next year. Perez picked up another podium, this time in Russia, and the team finished in the top five in the constructors championship for the first time.

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2016 saw the first time that the team got on the podium twice in the same season as their Mexican driver finished third in Monaco and Baku at the European grand prix.

The team finished the season in fourth place in the constructors championship, behind only Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari, coming a long way in such a short amount of time.

Incredibly after the first four races of this season the team are on a run of 16 races where at least one of their cars has scored points, with all but two of those being double points weekends.

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Perez and new partner Esteban Ocon have started the season incredibly well and their race pace is as good as anyone else on the track outside the big three.

The rest of the season is lining up to be a very exciting one for this team and there's no doubt their

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