Spa-Francorchamp, Belgium - Force India mechanics are preparing their cars for the Belgian Grand Prix despite lingering uncertainty about the Formula One team’s eligibility to race after a change of ownership.
The pink and white trucks and hospitality unit at Spa-Francorchamps had no Force India branding on Thursday, with the official team name appearing only over the garage on signs put up by circuit organisers. Mechanics were working as normal, however, and the Silverstone-based outfit issued a media schedule for driver interviews.
Former deputy principal Bob Fernley, who effectively ran the team with chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer, meanwhile confirmed that he had left following a takeover by a consortium led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll. That departure was expected, with Fernley operating as right-hand man to financially and legally troubled former co-owner Vijay Mallya.
Force India went into administration at the end of July with a rescue deal announced on 7 August. Szafnauer, who remains in position, said then that the team’s future was secure with Stroll - father of Williams driver Lance - injecting substantial funding. However, doubts about Force India being able to race at Spa, the first Grand Prix since the August break, emerged on Wednesday with reports of legal complications.