Force India’s 2017 challenger has been revealed today at Silverstone, and it has a very clever looking front-end.
SKT T1 Faker: Syndra
Though Faker's most played champion is Orianna, undoubtedly his most explosive performances are produced when playing Syndra. Able to perfectly calculate fatal damage, the control mage is lethal in Faker's hands.
G2 Trick: Nunu
Honourable mention to G2 Trick, who despite widespread criticism, has continued to pick Nunu as a 'discount Ivern'. If anyone is to ban Nunu, perhaps it will be his own teammates...
G2 Zven: Caitlyn
Pumping out insane damage from range whilst positioning with precision, Zven's Caitlyn performances formed a critical part of G2 eSports win conditions in Week 1; a natural target ban in the knockout stages.
SKT T1 Huni: Galio
Huni's mastery of Galio in the top lane has brought the champion into the spotlight at MSI 2017. Seemingly immortal at times, Huni's ability to zone, bait and engage on opponents with Galio makes him a frightening prospect.
Team WE Xiye: Lucian
The pocket pick that no-one expected, but will now be extremely cautious of. Team WE unleashed Lucian onto the rift hoping for the best, needless to say Xiye's numerous solo kills validated the bold strategy.
FW Karsa: Lee Sin
Karsa's Lee Sin is a fitting rival for Peanut. Flying around the map to apply pressure, FW will look to secure the jungler at every opportunity in the hope of a repeat result of the two team's previous meeting.
SKT T1 Peanut: Lee Sin
Peanut's Lee Sin has broken records for kills at MSI 2017. Displaying a level of proficiency on the champion that many could only dream of, the highly contested champion is a deadly weapon in the hands of the SKT Jungler.
G2 PerkZ: Fizz
PerkZ has put the memes of MSI 2016 far behind him, producing some of the plays of the tournament from the mid lane. His play on Fizz vs GAM will live long in the memory.
That front-wing is mean, as is the shark fin. Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon will be piloting the VJM10. Perez is well established as one of the most exciting drivers on the grid. He was the best driver beyond the top three teams in the 2016 season, his points haul, including a couple of solid podiums, saw the Force India team surpass expectations and finish 4th in the Constructors title.
Esteban Ocon has a steep learning curve ahead. The French driver held his own against Wehrlein at Manor last season, but keeping up with Checo will be a different level.
Vijay Mallya, the team owner, hit out at Renault Boss in his unveiling speech, claiming that the French Manufacturer may need to reassess their target of 5th on the Constructors for 2017 if they are going to dismiss the “poor” teams without much thought.
Technical Director Andrew Green said,
“It’s definitely a big overhaul; one that requires a change in mentality. It took a bit of time to adjust at first, but we are there now and I am confident we know where to look and where the performance is coming from with this car.
The development slope is incredibly steep and we are going to see significant updates to the cars at regular intervals, right from the start; it’s going to be big updates and I don’t think development will start to taper off any time soon.”
– Andrew Green
If Force India can pull off another 4th place finish this season, they will have surpassed expectation again. The team will face strong opposition in Renault, who are perceived to be much more competitive this season due to a decent preparation window. With the comments from Mallya today, it looks like a big rivalry is already brewing.