The Force India Formula One team has finally confirmed when fans can expects to see its 2010 grand prix challenger, the car it hopes will build on the late-season success achieved by Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil last year.

The VJM03, which will continue to benefit from the team's technical alliance with McLaren and Mercedes, will be revealed in an online presentation - similar to those employed by other teams this year - on 9 February, before making its official test and public debut at Jerez the following day.

Sutil will continue with the team for a third successive year, and will be joined for 2010 by Vitantonio Liuzzi, who replaced Fisichella when the veteran jumped at the chance to race for Ferrari from Monza onwards in 2009. The Silverstone-based operation finished ninth in last year's standings, but took pole in Belgium courtesy of Fisichella, who went on to finish second to Kimi Raikkonen in the race. Sutil also qualified on the front row - ironically while his erstwhile team-mate struggled at Monza - and the team ended the year as a genuine points threat.

Having recently confirmed Mercedes DTM driver Paul di Resta as its official reserve for 2010, Force India will be hoping that the VJM03 makes quick progress through the three remaining pre-season tests - at Jerez and Barcelona - before being shipped off to Bahrain for the season-opener in March. It has already missed the opening session of the campaign, along with Red Bull and others, but hopes to capitalise on its supply deal with McLaren and Mercedes to avoid early teething troubles.


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