Technical director Andrew Green confirmed the VJM09 was closely based on the predecessor. “You can say the B-spec car from last year formed a basis on which to build our 2016 one,” he said.
“We were in a situation in which the performance on track was very good, and in which the data we were getting correlated well to what we were expecting, so we knew we could continue to develop on a solid platform.”
“With the regulations likely to change for 2017, it didn’t really seem like an efficient use of our resources to start from scratch on a project that would have such a limited lifetime.”
There are high hopes for the Mercedes-powered VJM09 after Force India’s performance surge in the second half of the 2015 campaign.
The Silverstone-based outfit finished fifth in the constructors’ championship and is set to challenge Williams as the leading customer Mercedes runner.