Leave Williams in their wake as they firmly establish themselves as ‘best of the rest’ behind the top three teams. Sergio Perez partnered by Mercedes protege Esteban Ocon in a new driver line-up that proves a little too close for comfort, forcing the imposition of team orders after a number of spectacular on-track clashes.
The team’s championship rise continues as they move above arch-rivals Williams to achieve a best-ever fourth place in the constructor standings. Perez and Hulkenberg again prove a fast and reliable driver combination, with the former twice finishing on the podium, in Monaco and Azerbaijan.
The extremely late introduction of the VJM08 proves no problem as Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg rack up enough points to carry the team to fifth in the constructors’ standings – their best finish since Vijay Mallya’s 2008 takeover. Key to their success is the mid-season introduction of a B-spec car which enables the squad to challenge (and occasionally beat) the likes of Ferrari and Williams, and helps Perez claim an unlikely (but richly deserved) podium in Russia.
Best season to date in terms of points, with Perez’s third place in Bahrain providing second podium of team’s history. Score at all but two races en route to sixth place in final standings, narrowly missing out on fifth to McLaren at final round.
Once again produce tidy, competitive car and both Di Resta – fourth in Bahrain – and returning Sutil – fifth in Monaco – score points regularly in early rounds. However, team form drops after mid-season tyre revisions and ultimately finish a lonely sixth in the standings.
Evenly matched team mates Di Resta and Hulkenberg push each other all season in the decent VJM05. Two fourth places, in Belgium for Hulkenberg and in Singapore for Di Resta, help lift the team to seventh in the points. Highlight is Hulkenberg briefly leading in Brazil.
Despite quick and consistent drivers in experienced Sutil and impressive rookie Di Resta, unable to take significant step forward relative to 2010 in first half of season. Find pace after summer break and score points at most races including three sixth-place finishes.
Initially maintain momentum of late 2009 and emerge as regular Q3 and points contenders, but fade somewhat by mid season as other midfield rivals such as Williams and BMW Sauber close the performance gap. End year seventh in the constructors’ table.
Dramatic progress, with in-season upgrades boosting VJM02’s pace, despite basic lack of downforce. Fisichella makes breakthrough, with team’s first pole, points and podium in Belgium, before moving to Ferrari to replace injured Massa, handing seat to tester Liuzzi.
Fail to score, despite impressive improvement in terms of pace. Management restructure announced post-season, with co-owner Vijay Mallya taking over as team principal, and new technical tie-up with McLaren means Mercedes power from 2009.
Spyker team (formerly MF1, 2006, and Jordan, 1991-2005) is bought in October by a consortium headed by Indian billionare Dr Vijay Mallya and renamed ‘Force India’ for the 2008 season.