The FIA has announced that it has accepted Spyker's request to change its name for the 2008 Formula One season.

Following the purchase of the team by Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya and Dutch businessman Michiel Mol, the team will be renamed as the Force India F1 Team, with the team logo set to be in the colours of the Indian flag.

Mallya announced his plans to rename the team during the course of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, but with a number of name changes having already taken place in recent years - from Jordan to MF1 Racing and then to Spyker following changes in ownership - the businessman was forced to apply to the sport's governing body to ratify the switch.

However, following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris, the request has been granted - enabling the patriotically named outfit to start planning towards the future.

While the name will change, much of the current management are expected to remain in place, while the team has also expressed a desire to retain the services of highly-rated German driver Adrian Sutil next season.

 

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