The first pics of the VJM04 were courtesy of a Force India photo shoot, so not many details have been “inspected” by the media. However, one could clearly see that, like the majority of its rivals in 2011, the car features a high nose design, along with a reworked sidepod area and a new rear section. In addition, the car comes with a blade-style roll hoop design and a new front wing concept.
For the 2011 F1 campaign, it will be Adrian Sutil and newcomer Paul di Resta who will drive the new VJM04, as the latter replaces Vitantonio Liuzzi in the team's lineup. Also, Nico Hulkenberg has been appointed Friday driver for the 2011 campaign.
Although launching its 2011 challenger late, the Silverstone based team will not be the last team to test its car prior to the season opening round in Bahrain. The car will hit the track from as early as this week, in Jerez, when the second group test of the off-season kicks off on Thursday.
During the first test on January, in Valencia, all Force India drivers drove the 2010-spec VJM03. Adrian Sutil will be the first to take the new VJM04 for a spin later this week, after which Paul di Resta will try to get comfortable inside his new cockpit a day after.
Starting with the Jerez test this week, there will be 12 days of testing before the official start of the 2011 F1 season (Jerez – 4, Barcelona – 4 and Bahrain – 4), split between the 2 Force India drivers. It's yet to be announced whether Hulkenberg will get any track time in the VJM04 prior to the Bahrain GP Friday practice session.