Spyker name change is ratified
|By Matt Beer||Wednesday, October 24th 2007, 13:56 GMT|
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has accepted Spyker's request to change their name to Force India from next season.
The team's new co-owner Vijay Mallya announced their choice of title in Brazil last weekend, but it had to be ratified by the FIA before it could become official.
It will be the squad's fourth name in as many seasons, following their switch from Jordan to Midland when taken over by Alex Shnaider in 2005, and subsequently to Spyker after a further takeover by a Dutch consortium last autumn.
"'Force India' very clearly brings India and the hundreds of millions of people in India to the sport of Formula One," Mallya said in Brazil.
"It is not beneficial only to our team; it is beneficial to the whole sport and all the sponsors involved in the sport."
The FIA also confirmed that Ferrari would be permitted to continue supplying both Spyker and Toro Rosso with engines for the next two seasons.
In the original 2008 regulations manufacturers had been restricted to just one customer team, but Ferrari requested to be allowed to power both outfits.