Force India-Mercedes VJM10 Formula 1
The Chassis ‘VJM10-01’s racing record during its active period in the Force India team’s 2017 campaign – for which it was driven by Esteban Ocon to no fewer than nine points-scoring finishes from its nine starts. As can be clearly seen, here is a small-team Formula 1 car which punched way above its supposed weight at World Championship level when guided by the promising young French driver – today a Grand Prix winner, of course, having triumphed in the 2021 Hungarian GP when driving for the Alpine (Renault) team.
In 2016, Ocon made his Formula 1 debut with Manor Racing, before being signed for Force India’s 2017 campaign, where he teamed with the admired Mexican Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez. While the pair had some controversial moments during that 2017 season, Pérez and Ocon both finished so consistently well that they placed seventh and eighth overall in the Drivers’ World Championship standings come year’s end. And only three teams accumulated more Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship points than Force India; Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.