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Beyond the track

Follow FXTM and Sahara Force India behind the scenes of the 2017 Formula One™ season. Follow FXTM and Sahara Force India behind the scenes of Formula One™.

FXTM and Formula One™ team Sahara Force India have partnered up for 2017, a match that is sure to deliver thrills and excitement. Get your all-access pass with exclusive team profiles, videos, photos, and more from behind the scenes of the 2017 season. Share with friends on your favourite social channels, and don’t miss a moment of the action on ‘Beyond the Track’ with FXTM and Sahara Force India!

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2017 F1™ Team Standings

PosTeamPts
1 Mercedes625
2 Ferrari495
3 Red Bull358
4 Force India177
5 Williams82
6 Toro Rosso53
7Renault49
8Haas F147
9 McLaren28
10Sauber5
13.11.2017

Post-Race Report: #BrazilGP

14.11.2017

Here’s a race that was difficult to watch! Esteban Ocon suffered from Romain Grosjean’s mistake in the very first lap, after the Haas driver collided into his VJM10 and forced Ocon to retire. Sergio Perez fared better, managing a P9 finish to win two extra points for the team. Races like this are unfortunate, but Force India can take comfort from the fact that Brazil came after their 2017, 4th place standing was already in the bag.

Post-Race Report: #MexicoGP

02.11.2017

After bagging another 16 points in Mexico, 4th place in the championship is now a mathematical certainty for Force India. Esteban Ocon (P5) and local hero Sergio Perez (P7) were impressive, both entertained realistic podium chances until an inconvenient Virtual Safety Car allowed Ferrari’s Raikkonen to overtake Ocon, and Williams’ Stroll to pass Checo. With two races still to go, Force India has officially broken its own points record, passing last year’s total by 2. Way to go, Pink Panthers!

Post-Race Report: #USGP

26.10.2017

The Pink Panthers scored 12 points in Austin, bringing the team’s total to a commanding 159 and making it virtually impossible for 5th-placed Williams to catch up in the Constructor’s Standings. It was an exhilarating race for our drivers, Ocon finished P6 and withstood pressure from Toro Rosso’s Sainz, while Perez finished P8 after a thrilling duel with Williams’ Massa. The team’s one-stop strategy paid off, as did the decision not to allow Checo to pass Ocon.

F1™ Goes Pink for the US GP!

24.10.2017

The VJM10’s livery isn’t the only one catching eyes this October. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, when pink becomes an emblem of unity. F1™ teams across the grid showed support in Austin, including Force India who decked the team with pink ribbons in honour of its partnership with Breast Cancer Care. FXTM also joined in with a #FXTMinpink campaign, getting employees to wear pink. All combined efforts raised a significant amount of funds for a variety of breast cancer charities.

Post-Race Report: #JapaneseGP

10.10.2017

The Pink Panthers delivered a fantastic performance on the infamous Suzuka track on Sunday, with Ocon finishing in P6 and Perez right behind him in P7 for a team total of 14 points. It was an exciting race, with grid favourite Vettel retiring and Ocon holding firm in 3rd before Bottas and Ricciardo managed to pass him. Checo followed team orders and supported Esteban’s bid for the podium. Great teamwork, great driving, great race. Bring on Austin!

Q&A with Force India’s Bob Fernley.

04.10.2017

We go behind-the-scenes with SFI Deputy Team Principle, Bob Fernley, to see what really powers a leading F1™ Team.

What is your role? Effectively ‘de facto’ Team Principle‎, but in reality, I’m the one who makes the wrong decisions!

You’ve been pushing for a more equitable share of the sport’s revenues. What model would you like to see F1™ adopt? Something along the lines of the English Premiere League, where payments are merit based.

How satisfied are you with Force India’s achievements? What can we expect for the second half of the year? The team’s race craft, reliability ‎and strategy calls have been excellent. The second half of the season will be about maintaining this and improving the chassis performance.

For pounds spent in F1™, Force India are world champions. What is the secret to efficient spending? A lean and mean structure! We watch every pound spent, and have a dedicated race and factory team who get the most value out of every opportunity.

In relation to sports revenues, what is the estimated disparity between the top funded teams and the bottom teams in terms of numbers? I can’t go into details, but there is a significant difference up and down the grid in terms of basic prize money – perhaps as much as 50 or 60%. Yes, success should be rewarded, but the disparity created by the bonus payments to certain teams creates an unfair advantage. This reduces competition throughout the grid, which short-changes the fans.

In your opinion, what is the most costly aspect of running an F1™ team? All F1™ teams have fixed costs – we have to travel to the races and operate the cars. Salary costs are another big expense; if you want the best people, you have to pay competitive salaries. Car build and car development is expensive, particularly over the winter months, so you have to plan your cash flow carefully.

How much of the budget goes into building and developing this year’s car, versus investing in 2018’s? Much of the development work for 2017 will be relevant to the 2018 car as well, which means we can push car developments until late this year. There comes a point when you have to switch focus to the new car. We have a set budget for development this year, and it’s important that we don’t compromise next year’s car.

Post-Race Report: #MalaysiaGP

03.10.2017

The Malaysian GP had its swan song at Sepang, a circuit that will be missed next year. It was by no means an easy ride for our drivers; Esteban Ocon came into contact with Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz which cost him points, and Sergio Perez battled illness in one of toughest driving conditions of the year. The team succeeded in notching up another 9 points from the race (P6 for Sergio, P10 for Esteban). Way to go, Pink Panthers!

Post-Race Report: #SingaporeGP

19.09.2017

The Marina Bay circuit is always a challenge, and the first ever wet night race in F1™ history only added to the drama. A tough qualifying meant our Pink Panthers started down the grid, dodging incidents in the front rows in the first few seconds of the race to score another double-point finish. With Sergio Perez finishing in a strong P5 and Esteban Ocon in P10, Sahara Force India extended their overall fourth place lead with a combined 11 points.

Exclusive teaser!

13.09.2017

The FXTM selfie with an FXTM tennis champ! This is our film crew behind-the-scenes with tennis star Dominika Cibulkova and the VJM10 model, preparing something extra special for Beyond the Track. What could it be? Watch this space.

Post-Race Report: #ItalianGP

04.09.2017

With new team rules set for the two Force India drivers, all eyes were on the ‘The Temple of Speed’. A rain-drenched qualifying session saw Esteban Ocon start the race at P3 (his best grid position of the season so far), but the might of Mercedes and Ferrari couldn’t be topped. Sergio Perez did well to finish P9, while Ocon maintained his composure and finished in P6. That’s a double-digit, double-point finish for our favourite F1™ team!

Post-Race Report: #BelgianGP

30.08.2017

School was back in session for Sahara Force India at the historic Belgium GP, and the boys aren’t playing nice! Sergio Perez & Esteban Ocon made first contact at the start, a scuffle that heated up in lap 28 with a Pink Panther collision. Perez’s tyre got punctured (forcing him to retire the race) and Ocon’s front wing suffered damage (finished P9). “We’ll be calling the race from the pit wall in the future,” said Team COO Otmar Szafnauer.

Post-Race Report: #HungarianGP

04.08.2017

Force India ended the first half of the season in high spirits! Hungary marks the team's 9th double-points finish of the year, bringing them over 100 points to bag 4th place in the Constructor's Standings -- a whopping 60 points away from Williams in 5th. Dusting off rocky practice sessions and a bumpy qualifying on Saturday, Sergio Perez made an incredible start and battled from P14 to finish P8, while his teammate Ocon finished just behind him in P9.

Post-Race Report: #British GP

26.07.2017

Force India celebrated their 10th anniversary as a team on their home turf in Silverstone during the iconic British Grand Prix on 16 July. The VJM10 hit the track with the most upgrades its seen in 2017, and both Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished in an impressive P8 and P9 respectively. The two battled hard against each other, with Ocon edging out his teammate by milliseconds!