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Spyker to be named Force India in 2008

The Spyker Formula One team will be renamed Force India F1 next year, the team's new owners revealed today.

Spyker F1 were bought out earlier this month by Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya and Dutch businessman Michiel Mol.

The owners already obtained approval for the name from Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, and the remaining Formula One teams are expected to approve the change.

The new name will also require the approval of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday.

"I have applied to the FIA to change the name of the team to Force India F1," Mallya said at Interlagos today. "It's now an internal process for the FIA."

Mallya further revealed that the team already has a logo prepared, in the colours of the national Indian flag.

"The logo is decided," Mallya said. "It will be the in the colours of the Indian flag.

"The livery of the car will obviously be determined by the sponsors we'll have - because a sponsor wants the colours of the car to also be compatible with their own branding.

"But the Force India logo with the Indian flag will obviously feature quite prominently."

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