Force India ends engine contract with Ferrari

Force India ends engine contract with FerrariHamburg – The Force India Formula One team announced Friday that it has brought to an early end its engine deal with Ferrari, opening the way for a possible switch to Mercedes for next season.

The team, which is controlled by Indian billionaire Vijay Mally and has Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil as its drivers, had agreed a deal in 2007 to take Ferrari engines until the end of the 2009 season.

“Force India Formula One Team today announces it has ended its contract with Ferrari,” the team said in a statement.

“The agreement, signed in 2007, also provided for a supply of engines in 2009, but will now terminate ahead of schedule at the request of Force India.

“Force India wishes to thank Ferrari for its much appreciated and valued support to date, carried out at the highest level, technically and professionally, and within an excellent relationship.” (dpa)