Force India VJM04
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|Predecessor||Force India VJM03|
|Successor||Force India VJM05|
|Chassis||Carbon 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, except for trackrod and pullrod, and gearbox mounted torsion springs.|
|Engine||Mercedes-Benz FO 108Y 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8, limited to 18,000 RPM, naturally aspirated, mid-mounted|
|Transmission||McLaren Seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse gear, Electronic shift system|
|Weight||640 kg (1,411 lb) (including driver)|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero
BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"
|Notable entrants||Force India F1 Team|
|Notable drivers||14. Adrian Sutil
15. Paul di Resta
|Debut||2011 Australian Grand Prix|
The Force India VJM04 is a Formula One racing car developed by Force India for the 2011 Formula One season, the fourth car the team has made since entering the sport in 2008. The car was driven by long-time Force India driver Adrian Sutil and 2010 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters champion Paul di Resta. The car was launched online on 8 February 2011.
Sutil scored ninth in the first race of the season in Australia after the Saubers were disqualified. He failed to score until the race in Monaco where at one point, he was running fourth. However, on lap 72, contact with Pastor Maldonado and the wall triggered an incident in which Jaime Alguersuari and Vitaly Petrov crashed and the race was red-flagged. After the restart, Sutil eventually finished seventh. In Canada he suffered a drive-through penalty before retiring as a result of accident damage.
Paul di Resta
Di Resta scored points in his first and second Grands Prix in Australia and Malaysia whilst in China he qualified a career best eighth but failed to finish in the points. Turkey saw his first non-finish whilst Spain and Monaco brought no points. In Canada, he was running fifth at one point but ran into the back of Nick Heidfeld at the final chicane, breaking his front wing before receiving a drive-through penalty. He then crashed out of the race with a mistake in the wet conditions.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2011||Force India F1 Team||Mercedes FO 108Y V8||P||AUS||MAL||CHN||TUR||ESP||MON||CAN||EUR||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||SIN||JPN||KOR||IND||ABU||BRA||69||6th|
|di Resta||10||10||11||Ret||12||12||18 †||14||15||13||7||11||8||6||12||10||13||9||8|
† Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed >90% of the race distance.
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