Force India F1 has extended its 'technical partnership' with McLaren
Applied Technologies, it was announced today.
The Silverstone-based outfit began the relationship with McLaren, which supplies the squad with gearboxes and hydraulics, back in 2009. The new deal runs until the end of the 2012 season.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, Andrew Green has been appointed technical director, and will now be responsible for the development of the new VJM04.
He had been with the team in its previous guise as Jordan and re-joined back in July last year from Red Bull
Technology, where he was head of R&D. Green succeeds Mark Smith, who was poached by Tony Fernandes' Team Lotus last summer.
“I am very pleased to formally confirm Andrew will step up to become the team's technical director,” said Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal of Force India. “He knows the team inside out, both from his previous tenure with the team and through his position this year.
"I am also delighted to be able to give Andrew and his team the stability and opportunity to take us forward with the extension to the McLaren
Applied Technologies contract.
“The partnership with McLaren
and Mercedes has matured into one of the most successful relationships on the grid. In 2009 we scored 13 points, one pole position and one podium and in 2010 we secured our highest-ever championship position and 68 points overall.
“I've always said I would like to see a Force India
on the podium at the Indian GP and I believe we have the resources, both human and technical, to do it.”
Martin Whitmarsh, team principal of McLaren
Mercedes, added: “I'm delighted that we've been able to extend the programme of co-operation between McLaren
Applied Technologies and Force India. Force India
has continued to develop as a team during the 2010 season, and to improve year on year its competitive position, and we're pleased that McLaren
Applied Technologies has played a key part in that performance.”