A force (India) to be reckoned with

A force (India) to be reckoned with

When Vijay Mallya bought the Spyker F1 team in late 2007 and rebranded it as Force India, few expected the billionaire's venture to succeed. Midfield respectability gained, the team is now setting its sights on the next step, as Edd Straw explains

After the glory days of 1999, when Heinz-Harald Frentzen flirted with a world championship challenge, the team that Eddie Jordan thrust into Formula 1 in 1991 headed into decline.

From 2000-02 came three seasons in which Jordan finished either fifth or sixth in the constructors' championship. After that, as funding was reduced, it finished ninth for three consecutive seasons. Ahead of the last of those years the team was bought, and for 2006 it morphed into Midland. The following year it became Spyker and, towards the end of that season, it took another identity change to Force India after Vijay Mallya took control of the team.

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