Force India has unveiled its 2017 Formula 1 challenger – the VJM10 – which will be piloted by Sergio Perez and newcomer Estenban Ocon, the latter replacing Nico Hulkenberg who has since departed to Renault.

With the new F1 regulations this year, the VJM10 gets new bodywork, which includes a thumb-tip nose and sharkfin engine cover, as also seen on the new Williams, Sauber and Renault.

The car’s livery is now a two-tone approach, with the upper areas finished in silver, while the lower section is primarily black. Power will come from a Mercedes-sourced 1.6 litre turbo V6 engine, which should prove to be useful in the team’s goal to further improve upon its past performances.

Last season, Force India finished fourth in the World Constructors’ Championship (WCC), and in the year before that, took the fifth spot. The team marked its entry into Formula 1 in 2008 with the VJM01, where it managed to secure a 10th place finish in the WCC.

“The car has run well in the simulator and we have no reason to doubt the data we get from the wind tunnel, which gave us very good correlation to the track over the last few years.

If we can get the performance we see from the tunnel onto the track, we should be in reasonable shape and have a good car to start the season,” said Andrew Green, technical director at Force India.