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SBD Global/March 29, 2013/Franchises

Force India Agree To Long-Term Mercedes Engine Deal Beginning In 2014

Force India will use Mercedes engines when F1 "introduces its new regulations next season," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC. The sport is "switching from the current normally aspirated 2.4-litre V8s to turbo-charged 1.6-litre V6s with more extensive energy recovery systems." Force India, which has used Mercedes engines since '09, has a new deal to stay with them "from 2014 onwards." The deal was "expected following Force India's decision to sign German Adrian Sutil this year rather than Ferrari-linked Jules Bianchi, who ended up at Marussia" (BBC, 3/28). The PTI reported the agreement "will see Mercedes-Benz supply Force India with a complete Power Unit (internal combustion engine plus energy recovery system), transmission and all associated ancillary systems under the new regulations" for '14 (PTI, 3/28).
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