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Force India VJM03

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Force India VJM03
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorForce India
Designer(s)Mark Smith[1](Design Director)
James Key[1] (Technical Director)
Akio Haga (Chief Designer)
Bruce Eddington (Chief Engineer, Composites)
Dan Carpenter (Chief Engineer, Mechanical Design)
Simon Gardner (Head of R&D)
Richard Frith (Head of Vehicle Science)
Simon Phillips[1](Head of Aerodynamics)
PredecessorForce India VJM02
SuccessorForce India VJM04
Technical specifications[2]
ChassisCarbon fibre composite monocoque with Zylon legality side anti-intrusion panels
Suspension (front)Aluminium uprights with carbon fibre composite wishbones, trackrod and pushrod. Inboard chassis mounted torsion springs, dampers and anti-roll bar assembly
Suspension (rear)as front
EngineMercedes-Benz FO 108X 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8, limited to 18,000 RPM naturally aspirated mid-mounted
TransmissionMcLaren Seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse gear Electronic shift system
Weight620 kg (1,367 lb) (including driver)
TyresBridgestone Potenza
BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"
Competition history
Notable entrantsForce India F1 Team
Notable drivers14. Germany Adrian Sutil
15. Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi
Debut2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last event2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Force India VJM03 was a Formula One motor racing car designed and built by the Force India team for the 2010 season. It was driven by Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi and was unveiled online, on 9 February 2010. The car made its track début the following day at the second group test at Circuito de Jerez. In Bahrain, Sutil finished first in FP1. Sutil and Liuzzi then qualified 10th and 12th respectively. Liuzzi finished ninth, scoring two points, while Sutil spun in an oil leak caused by Mark Webber in the Red Bull before finishing outside the points, in twelfth position.

The VJM03 built on the progress made with the 2009 car and was a contender for points straight out of the box. But the team lost several top members of staff in the first half of the season. Among them was a man who had been with them since their first year as Jordan in 1991 – Ian Phillips. That setback for the team’s commercial side was joined by a double blow to the technical department. First technical director as James Key left for Sauber, then four months later his successor Mark Smith was also gone, heading for Lotus.[3]

Losing two major technical figures seemed have an inevitable effect on car development. Although F-duct and exhaust-blown diffuser upgrades arrived for the VJM03 (at Turkey and Hungary respectively) the team weren’t always getting them to work consistently, and Liuzzi in particular struggled with the blown rear wing. As the season wore on Force India saw less of Renault and Mercedes and more of Sauber and Williams in the races.[citation needed]

The gap between Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil was large at times. Liuzzi was usually out-qualified by his team mate and the gap was often in the region of half to a full second. Liuzzi’s best qualifying performance, sixth at Canada, was spoiled after a collision with Felipe Massa at the first corner.[citation needed]

Adrian Sutil qualified fourth for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
Sutil 12 Ret 5 11 7 8 9 10 6 8 17 Ret 5 16 9 Ret Ret 12 13
Liuzzi 9 7 Ret Ret 15 9 13 9 16 11 16 13 10 12 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret

Driver failed to finish, but was classified as they had completed >90% of the race distance.


  1. ^ a b c Straw, Edd (2010-02-11). "Force India VJM03". Autosport. Vol. 199, no. 6. pp. 38–41.
  2. ^ "VJM03 Technical Specification". Force India. Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  3. ^ Collantine, Keith (2010-12-04). "Force India enjoy best season yet in 2010". Retrieved 2023-10-21.

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