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Force India signs new Mercedes deal

The team's new deal starting in 2014 puts an end -end of this year- to the current with McLaren.
Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28th, 2013 (AFP).-PARIS, March 28, 2013 (AFP) - Force India on Thursday extended their deal with Mercedes when they agreed to use the German marque's engines from 2014 and beyond.

The British-based Formula One team have relied on Mercedes' engines since 2009, with Thursday's agreement covering the introduction of new F1 regulations which from next season will see a switch to 1.6 litre V6 engines from 2.4 litre V8s.

Force India will be the second team powered by Mercedes engines following McLaren's yet to be confirmed move to Honda in 2015, according to the BBC.

When the Silverstone based team was considering its 2013 driver lineup, many observers saw Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi's respective links to Mercedes and Ferrari as among the keys to Force India's final choice.

Ultimately, Force India signed the reportedly Mercedes-linked German Sutil.

On Thursday, the team said in a statement it has indeed extended its Mercedes deal for the "long-term", beginning with the start of the new turbo V6 era next year.

From 2014, this will include the supply of Mercedes' engine, energy recovery system, gearbox and hydraulics.

Currently, McLaren supplies Force India's gearbox and hydraulics. Reuters quoted a spokesman as saying McLaren's arrangement with Force India will end.

Team boss Vijay Mallya said he "could not think of a better partner as F1 enters a new and exciting era.

"Our new agreement with Mercedes-Benz for the coming years is the most significant in the history of Sahara Force India," said team boss Vijay Mallya.

McLaren's long-term relationship with Mercedes is in doubt, amid rumours the famous British team could pair with returning engine supplier Honda from 2015.

"It is a significant milestone to announce our first long-term agreement for powertrain supply under the 2014 regulations," said Mercedes' Toto Wolff on Thursday.

"We hope it will mean Mercedes-Benz and Sahara Force India working together for the entire life cycle of the new powertrain generation."

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