When the Spyker team was bought by Vijay Mallya at the end of the 2007 season, it was renamed Force India and the team began racing in 2008. Despite scoring no points in the season, they improved throughout the year and finished 10th in Catalunya. With Mercedes engines in 2009, the team saw a large improvement in performance and received their first points. In Belgium, Fisichella scored the team’s first pole and podium, finishing in an impressive second place. After Felipe Massa’s accident, Fisichella had the opportunity to race for Ferrari, replacing Massa who was injured in the crash. This gave Liuzzi the chance to race for Force India. The team finished the year on 13 points, 9th overall.
Sutil and Liuzzi continue to be Force India’s drivers in 2010, which started very well for the team. With both drivers scoring regularly the team finish in 7th overall, missing out on 6th to Williams by just one point. Di Resta was signed alongside Sutil for the 2011 season, after taking part in 8 practice sessions throughout 2010. An impressive start to the season for both drivers saw them both scoring in season-opener, Australia. However, the team lack in pace and it isn’t until the second half of the season that they begin to score consistently.The team get 3 sixth place finishes in the second half, meaning they end the season in 6th.
Hulkenburg replaces Sutil alongside Di Resta in 2012. A positive start to the season, with points in Australia and Malaysia, is followed by and impressive season for both drivers. A fourth place in Spa for Hulkenburg, followed by 4th in Singapore for Di Resta help the team move up in the standings. They end the season with Hulkenburg leading in Brazil – unfortunately this didn’t result in a win – and he finished the race in 5th place. They finish in 7th overall, with 109 points. In 2013, Sutil races alongside Di Resta once again and they are regular points-scorers. Highlights include a fourth in Bahrain and a fifth in Monaco, however big rule changes mid-season result in a huge drop in performance for the team. Despite this, they score points in some of the final races in the season, finishing 6th overall.
Force India have their best ever season in terms of points in 2014, but only end in 6th overall. Taking advantage of teams such as Ferrari struggling for pace, they have some great results including Perez’s 3rd place in Bahrain.
The team signed Hulkenburg and Perez for the 2015 season and finished 5th in the constructors’, their best result. The same drivers were kept the following year and they had an even better season, finishing an impressive fourth in the constructors’ championship and picking up two podium finishes.
With Hulkenberg leaving the team for Renault in 2017, the team signed Ocon to race alongside Perez. Another impressive season followed, despite a couple of incidents between the two drivers, most notably Baku and Belgium, and the team finished 4th in the championship for the third time in a row.
Retaining the same drivers for 2018, the team hope to continue the same strong form as in the previous few years, although with their limited budget, it is a struggle for the team to improve relative to the larger teams.