Last year: 5th (136pts)
Force India continued to be a stalwart of the midfield runners in 2015, not managing to finish ahead of Red Bull in the constructors’ table despite using the demonstrably superior Mercedes power unit. The outfit’s 2016 car looks good and has impressed in testing, so it’ll be hoping to challenge for the title of ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes and Ferrari. Testing was somewhat compromised by having to ensure lots of seat time for sponsored development driver Alfonso Celis Jr, however – showing that times are tight even for established upper-midfield teams.
Our verdict: Two solid drivers; should be neck-and-neck with Williams and Red Bull. But this is a team that hasn’t always lived up to its potential in the past.
Last year: 9th
Did you know? Perez and brother Antonio (also a driver) both considered playing football professionally.
Last year: 10th
Did you know? Nico won the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, driving a Porsche 919 Hybrid.