Force India have caught our attention from time to time establishing themselves as a serious contender in Formula One. So we look back on the timescale and investigate where it all began.

1991: Jordan enters Formula 1. In its debut year, the team finishes fifth in the Constructors’ Championship. It is also remarkable for one other reason: Jordan gives a young German, Michael Schumacher, his first-ever F1 start.

1992: Jordan moves to a new facility, a 12,000sq m factory, opposite the main entrance to Silverstone Circuit. The team is still based there today.

1993: The team runs Rubens Barrichello and Ivan Capelli, although Capelli leaves early in the year to be replaced by a string of others. This chain culminates at Suzuka where Northern Irishman Eddie Irvine was given his debut. He manages to pass Ayrton Senna, angering the Brazilian enough to seek him out after the end of the race for a fight!

1994: Barrichello gives the team its first podium finish at the Pacific Grand Prix in Aida, Japan. Barrichello also achieves the team’s first-ever pole position.

1995: For the first time, Jordan secures a factory engine deal. Supplied by Peugeot, the team gets its first double podium at the Canadian Grand Prix.

1997: Jordan hits the big time with a title sponsorship deal with Benson & Hedges, marking the start of the team’s trademark yellow colour scheme. The team signs promising youngsters Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher. Fisichella scores two podium finishes, leads the German Grand Prix and also scores the fastest lap at the Spanish Grand Prix. Schumacher picks up a podium in Argentina.

1998: Ex-World Champion Damon Hill partners Schumacher and after an extraordinary race in Belgium, Hill gives the team its first F1 victory – with Schumacher second. Hill’s heroic last lap, last-corner move at Suzuka also wins Jordan fourth in the Constructors’ Championship.

1999: Heinz-Harald Frentzen joins the team and does a remarkable job to win the French and Italian GPs. At the end of the year, Frentzen is even fighting for the title, but just misses it to finish in third. Jordan finish third in the Constructors’ title.

2003: Fisichella returns to the team to score a surprising win in the chaotic Brazilian GP, his first-ever win.

2004: Jordan sells the team to Russia’s Midland Group.

2005: The team retains the Jordan name, with Narain Karthikeyan – the first Indian to compete in F1 – and Tiago Monteiro as drivers.

2006: The team relaunches as Midland F1 Racing, but is sold towards the end of the season to Spyker Cars. The team races for the final three races of the season as Spyker MF1.

2007: The team becomes Spyker Formula One Team. Adrian Sutil scores the team’s only point in Japan. Towards the end of the season the Orange India Holdings group, led by Dr Vijay Mallya and Jan and Michiel Mol, purchases the team.

2008: The Force India Formula One Team is born, with Fisichella returning to the team for the third time to partner Sutil, aided by Tonio Liuzzi as test and reserve driver.

2009 : Force India Formula One Team established themselves as a serious midfield team and with one pole, one podium and one fastest lap the team signaled the end of obscurity and a tangible step towards becoming a front running team. Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella start the season and solid car development soon shows Force India’s potential. Mid-season, Force India finally secures its first points, but does so in style with Fisichella snatching a pole position and podium at the Belgian Grand Prix. Added to this, the team started in the top ten in Germany, Italy, Japan and Brazil and finishes the year ninth in the constructors’ championship with 13 points.

2010 : Tonio Liuzzi promoted to race drive alongside Adrian Sutil, with two fantastic races already this season, Force India is a danger for the top team like Mclaren and Ferrari as they continue to surprise them from time to time.

Editorial : Force India / Mu’az Zakaria

Image Source : Force India,, Warren

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