Ahead of the opening race of the 2018 Formula One season in Australia on March 25, we take a look at how each team is shaping up for the new campaign.
After their sustained progress in the sport, can Force India break the top three? We assess their chances.
HOW DID THEY PERFORM IN 2017?
Force India cemented their status as the best of the rest with a second successive fourth-place finish in the constructors' championship, achieving a record points total of 187.
Fantastic reliability saw them get both cars into the top 10 on 16 occasions, with Esteban Ocon finishing every race until a collision with Romain Grosjean spoiled his perfect record in Brazil on the penultimate race weekend.
THE 2018 LINE-UP
Force India provided arguably the most fascinating intra-team rivalry in 2017, with Perez and Ocon pushing each other all the way and occasionally over the edge - their two collisions at Spa were probably a step too far for two team-mates.
But it is the Mexican who ultimately came out on top, finishing 13 points clear of Ocon in the drivers' championship and ending the season seventh.
It was a hugely encouraging first full season for 21-year-old Ocon last year and his goal will be to build on that this time around. Getting the better of Perez would be a good target for the Frenchman.
As part of the Mercedes driver development programme, the rewards are potentially great if Ocon continues to progress in 2018.
Last day of test before the 1st GP done with 163 laps, now we are ready to race! #EO31 #OneGoal— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) March 9, 2018
163 tours fait pour le dernier jour de test avant le 1er GP, maintenant nous sommes prêt pour la course ! pic.twitter.com/em9OFBy5em
THE TO-DO LIST
- Keep the peace. Feuding team-mates make for a great spectacle for fans of F1 but can be a headache for team bosses. Force India have a pair of talented drivers on their books and fostering a healthy rivalry - without allowing it to boil over - can spur them on to success.
- Stave off the threat of any midfield chargers. With Renault expected to improve and McLaren something of an unknown quantity following a change of engine supplier, Force India will need to be on their guard to stay ahead of the pack and, hopefully, put some pressure on the big three.
HOW WILL THEY FARE?
It's all been very quiet at Force India during the close-season but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If they can get the best out of Perez and Ocon they should be able to finish fourth once again, but a top-three challenge is likely too big a step.
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