Force India unveiled their new car on Tuesday, saying greater stability than other Formula One teams would boost their chances this season.
Vijay Mallya’s team finished ninth out of 10 last season but improved significantly in the closing stages and are bullish for 2010 despite missing a deadline to file their annual accounts.
It has been a smooth transition for the VJM03 from last year’s car, which again uses a Mercedes engine and McLaren gearbox, whereas the start of last season was hit by a late switch of suppliers.
“It’s been a lot smoother,” design director Mark Smith said.
The back of the car has changed most significantly given the team has had more time to develop a double diffuser after having to rush the introduction of last year’s version when authorities decided early in the season that the device was legal.
A ban on refuelling during the race has led to bigger fuel tanks and increases the VJM03’s length, while the team says it will develop an adjustable front flap this year.