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Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil in VJM-01 at Hungaroring

Force India have dropped the Ferrari engines used by the team this year and by Spyker in 2007, in favour of Mercedes engines and a technical partnership with McLaren. As well as engines, they will also be using the same gearbox, KERS and other technical equipment used by the British team in 2009.

The scale of the deal looks like it will make Force India almost a McLaren B-team, much what was expected to happen to Prodrive, before the team decided not to enter the sport. The Indian outfit, however, will remain constructing their own chassis. Team owner, Dr. Vijay Mallya, has said “Force India Formula One team has been in existence for only one year, and inevitably our first season has constituted a learning period, but we said at the outset that we meant business and were not interested in merely making up the numbers.” Mallya also began to repeat similar predictions he made before the season began, saying the team will reach the podium for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

The announcement comes days after chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne, and team principle, Colin Kolles, were dropped from Force India as Mallya restructured the team following a point-less season. This is the first time Mercedes will supply engines to a team other than McLaren.

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Adrian Sutil and Force India finished the first 90 minute practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at the top of the timesheets as the pit garages flooded in torrential rain. The German set a time of 1:32.842, 0.6 seconds faster than Honda’s Rubens Barrichello.

Giancarlo Fishichella continued Force India’s bravery at the water-soaked Monza, finishing third. Timo Glock was 0.2 seconds behind in fourth for Toyota, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.1 seconds slower in fifth. Fernando Alonso took sixth, ahead of the Toro Rossos and Jenson Button finished ahead of last-placed Felipe Massa, with six cars not setting a time including both McLarens and BMWs. Kazuki Nakajima had the most notable visit off-track with Adrian Sutil, Nelson Piquet Jr and Sebastian Vettel some of the names joining him. The session was red-flagged for the last four minutes due to the weather conditions.

Few conclusions can be drawn from Free Practice One, but will the second practice session answer some questions?

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