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Force India VJM09

Force India VJM09
The Force India VJM09, driven by Sergio Pérez, during the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorForce India
Designer(s)Andrew Green (Technical Director)
Akio Haga (Chief Designer)
Bruce Eddington (Chief Engineer, Composites)
Dan Carpenter (Chief Engineer, Mechanical Design)
Andrew Brown (Head of R&D)
Jonathan Marshall (Head of Vehicle Science)
Simon Phillips (Head of Aerodynamics)
Guru Johl (Chief Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorForce India VJM08
SuccessorForce India VJM10
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre composite survival cell
EngineMercedes PU106C Hybrid 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine, limited to 15,000 rpm in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout
Electric motorMercedes PU106C Hybrid Motor Generator Unit–Kinetic (MGU-K)
Mercedes PU106C Hybrid Motor Generator Unit–Heat (MGU-H)
TransmissionSequential shift gearbox with eight forward and one reverse gears
BatteryLithium-ion batteries
BrakesCarbon discs with steel calipers
TyresPirelli P Zero (dry) tyres
Pirelli Cinturato (wet) tyres
Competition history
Notable entrantsSahara Force India
Notable drivers11. Mexico Sergio Pérez
27. Germany Nico Hülkenberg
Debut2016 Australian Grand Prix
Last event2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Force India VJM09 is a Formula One racing car designed by Force India to compete in the 2016 Formula One season. The car was driven by Le Mans winner Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez,[1] and used the Mercedes PU106C Hybrid power unit.

The VJM09 scored a notable podium at the Monaco Grand Prix where Pérez finished third and Hülkenberg sixth. It was the first time the team had scored a podium at Monaco in any guise (i.e. Jordan, Midland, Spyker or Force India). Pérez finished third again two races later in Baku at the European Grand Prix.[2] At the Belgian Grand Prix the team managed to get their first double-finish within the top-five since the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix with Hülkenberg finishing fourth and Pérez finishing in fifth. As a result, the team took fourth place in the Constructors' Championship from Williams, their highest ever finishing position in the team's history.[3]

Complete Formula One results

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

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
2016 Sahara
Force India
P Sergio Pérez 13 16 11 9 7 3 10 3 17† 6 11 10 5 8 8 6 7 8 10 4 8 173 4th
Nico Hülkenberg 7 15 15 Ret Ret 6 8 9 19† 7 10 7 4 10 Ret 8 8 Ret 7 7 7

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


  1. ^ "2016 Final F1 Entry List". FIA. Archived from the original on 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ Bradley, Charles (19 June 2016). "European GP: Rosberg wins as Hamilton toils to fifth". Archived from the original on 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Spa love affair continues with double Top Five finish". Sahara Force India F1 Team. 28 August 2016. Archived from the original on 2 September 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
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