Force India plans to change its name to Force One

The F1 team Force India is planning to rebrand itself as Force One. It’s unclear when the name change will take place although officially F1 constructors must retain their names at least until the end of the season. The rebranding is being considered as Force India wants to shake its origins as an Indian F1 team, as well as to distance itself from Vijay Mallya who appears to be perpetually under investigation due to problems with his airline Kingfisher.

The Force India team started out in 2008 after it bought out the Spyker F1 team which raced the previous season (and which in turn was previously known as Midland and Jordan). Despite its first two lousy seasons, Force India kept improving and began to contend seriously for a position in the Constructor’s Top-5 from 2010 onwards. The team’s first podium was won by Giancarlo Fisichella in 2009 (during Brawn GP’s championship year) but the team’s best standing came in 2015 when they were 5th in the constructors’ championship.