Force India in talks to obtain Ferrari engines

Ferrari B8 engine. Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 12 May 2012.Jan.2 (GMM) Force India, currently powered by Mercedes Formula One engines, is in negotiations to revert to Ferrari engine power, according to Italy’s La Stampa newspaper.

The talks between the Silverstone based team and Ferrari are “under way”, correspondent Cristiano Chiavegato claims.

Force India is currently powered by Mercedes’ V8 engine, but Vijay Mallya’s team began its F1 efforts with customer power supplied by fabled Ferrari.

Central to the new talks, according to La Stampa, is the Ferrari-linked French driver Jules Bianchi, who was Force India’s reserve in 2012 and is now reportedly first in line for the race seat alongside Paul di Resta this year.

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  • The Pessimist

    Vijay Mallya may have defaulted payments to Mercedes for the power train and hence using Jules Bianchi who is an uncompetitive and useless Ferrari stooge for their engines.

    2013 will be the year where Sauber will shine and Force India will be beaten by both Williams and Toro Rosso due to them promoting Jules Bianchi who is a joke for a formula 1 driver.

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    @The Pessimist

    They haven’t even confirm Bianchi.. So, how can you say it’s Bianchi’s fault?

  • stenu

    Bianchi’s a fast guy. Don’t forget he would have won FR3.5 this year, unless Frijns hadn’t pulled a schumacher on him in the last race.