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New car but only one driver for Force India

Paul di Resta unveiled the VJM06 at the team's headquarters in Silverstone.
Friday, February 1, 2013

LONDON, Feb 1, 2013 (AFP) - Force India unveiled their new car for the forthcoming Formula One season at Silverstone on Friday, but they are still to confirm the identity of British driver Paul di Resta's teammate.

The vacancy next to Di Resta is one of only three across the grid for the 2013 season, which begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17.

French driver Jules Bianchi, the team's third driver in 2012, was expected to be announced as Di Resta's teammate.

However, he was present at the launch of Ferrari's new F1 car on Friday as he is a member of the Italian team's academy.

Former driver Adrian Sutil and ex-Sauber man Kamui Kobayashi have also been linked with the role.

Force India team principal Robert Fearnley refused to be drawn on the identity of the new driver at the launch, telling reporters: "We do not want to confuse the two stories."

The VJM06 is the third of four cars unveiled so far for the 2013 season that have jettisoned the stepped nose design that featured widely in last year's world championship.

“Seeing the car built and complete for the first time is a special feeling. I’ve followed its progress in the tunnel and it looks very impressive - aggressive and fast.

"Now I’m just eager to get out there and see where we stand compared to our competitors. After the winter I feel refreshed and keen to get back to business.” Paul di Resta said. 

Also, technical director Andrew Green, belives the VJM06 is a step forward in spite the striking visual similarities with last year's car.

"We've pushed the guys quite hard in areas outside their comfort zone. Most of It is under the skin and you can't see it from here (the outside), but rear suspension, front suspension and aerodynamics have all been pushed hard and they've done a really good job in the wind tunnel.

The car is a step up and improvement from last year and we've worked on consistency to make the car a lot easier to drive." Said Green. 

The Indian team finished seventh in last season's constructor championship, but saw German driver Nico Hulkenburg leave to join rivals Sauber at the end of the year. 

Front perspective of the VJM06 at the unveiling event.

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