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Jan 22

F1: Mallya Confident In Force India’s 2014 Prospects

Force India-Mercedes Team Principal Vijay Mallya walks in the paddock during the third practice session at the Buddh International circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Force India boss Vijay Mallya stands by at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says he’s excited ahead of a new season that sees the team running a new driver lineup as well as a fresh livery.

The VJM07 is the first 2014 car unveiled to the public thus far, albeit with one side view photo.

“I always enjoy seeing a Formula One car come to life, but I can’t remember so much anticipation ahead of a new season,” said Mallya.

Jan 22

F1: Force India Is First Team To Reveal 2014 Car

Unveiling the dramatic new Force India VJM07. (Photo: Force India)

Here is a rendering of the dramatic new Force India VJM07. (Photo: Sahara Force India)

Force India has unveiled a picture of its new VJM07, thus becoming the first team to give an indication of what a 2014 car looks like.

However, the side view doesn’t show the nose, the most controversial element of the new rules package.

The team has also unveiled a dramatic new livery, with black now added to the familiar Indian national colors of white, green and orange.

As before, the car uses a Mercedes power unit, but the big change is a switch of a gearbox supplier from McLaren to Mercedes.

Jan 21

F1: Van Der Garde Takes On Test Role For Sauber

Giedo Van Der Garde during practice for the F1 Australian GP in Melbourne on March 16, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Giedo van der Garde stands by during practice for the Australian GP on March 16, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Giedo van der Garde has joined Sauber as test and reserve driver, and the Dutchman has been guaranteed some Friday sessions and in-season tests as part of the deal.

Van der Garde was not able to conclude a deal to race for Caterham, presumably for commercial reasons.

Jan 21

F1: Di Resta Returns To DTM, Potentially Set For Mercedes F1 Role

Paul di Resta attends the drivers press conference for the Korean F1 GP at Korea International Circuit on Oct 3, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Paul Di Resta is out of Formula One — at least for now. (Photo: Getty Images)

Paul Di Resta is returning to DTM with Mercedes this year, having been dropped by Force India at the end of last year.

The new deal opens up the possibility of him working with the Mercedes F1 team, his recent experience making him an obvious candidate for simulator running or even testing. Di Resta says that his potential involvement will be discussed soon.