8 Nov 2008

Force terminate Ferrari engine contract

11:29 am on 8 November 2008

The Force India Formula One motor racing team are expected to switch to Mercedes engines next season after announcing they had ended their contract with Ferrari a year early.

Force india failed to score a point in 2008 with Italian Giancarlo Fisichella and Germany's Adrian Sutil and says the Ferrari deal had been terminated at their request.

They gave no details about a new supplier but owner Vijay Mallya has been negotiating with McLaren for an entire engine and gearbox package as well as the new kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) to be introduced next year.

Force India inherited their Ferrari engine deal from predecessors Spyker, who sold out to Mallya and Dutch co-owner Michiel Mol last year.