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F1 News: Force India to switch focus to 2017 car, Team boss Robert Fernly confident that his team will make the right decision on when to focus

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Sahara Force India F1 has made a huge announcement this week that it will start working on its 2017 car, but believe that it still more to come from its VJM09.

The Force India VJM09, which is being driven by Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, is an F1 racing car designed by Force India to compete in the 2016 Formula One season. The car is made up of carbon fiber composite monocoque with Zylon side anti-intrusion panels and powered by Mercedes AMG High-Performance Powertrains V6 Turbo 1.6-liter.

Reports said that the huge changes in the 2017 technical regulations could be the most comprehensive since the move to hybrid power units in 2014, making the timing of when to begin focusing on 2017 a difficult one.

A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks and Force India deputy team principal Robert Fernley is highly confident that his team would make the right decision on when to start the switchover.

There have been few important changes made to the main bodywork of the VJM09. The front suspension was made of aluminum alloy uprights with carbon fiber composite wishbonestrack rod and pushrods. The car profile’ remains sleek but not overly aggressive. The clean lines will help make the VJM09 more slippery in a straight line to bolster top speed.

In addition, the inlet apertures have made some big changes, it’s now slightly narrower and more squared off around the shoulder of the side pod than the previously version of the car.

The Silverstone-based outfit has achieved its best constructors’ result in 2015, finishing fifth place in the overall list. This was followed by the highly prestigious event in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where Sergio Pérez successfully completed the podium for Force India.

The Monaco race was Force India’s first appearance in the top three of the season and its first podium since the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.

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