Force India's Aston Martin Deal in Early Talks
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News November 10, 2015
Force India's deputy team principal Bob Fernley has said the team's proposed partnership with Aston Martin and Johnnie Walker is yet to be completed and talks are still in the early stages.
Last weekend owner and team principle Vijay Mallya confirmed "tri-partite" discussions with automaker Aston Martin and whisky brand Johnnie Walker about rebranding the team next season.
The potential deal would see the team drop the Force India name it has carried since 2008 and use both Johnnie Walker and Aston Martin in its official entry next year.
In addition to a name change, it was reported the team would adopt a completely new livery as a result of a sponsorship agreement with Johnnie Walker, which will end its partnership with McLaren at the end of this season.
Force India owner Vijay Mallya told Reuters' Alan Baldwin that there is "excitement on both sides," he claimed the deal "still has to go through due process before we agree and shake hands on a concept," adding that the two parties "have not exchanged anything in terms of an outline or draft contracts."
Vijay Mallya has said the team will continue running the team under the Indian flag despite dropping the Force India name.