After the glory days of 1999, when Heinz-Harald Frentzen flirted with a world championship challenge, the team that Eddie Jordan thrust into Formula 1 in 1991 headed into decline.
From 2000-02 came three seasons in which Jordan finished either fifth or sixth in the constructors' championship. After that, as funding was reduced, it finished ninth for three consecutive seasons. Ahead of the last of those years the team was bought, and for 2006 it morphed into Midland. The following year it became Spyker and, towards the end of that season, it took another identity change to Force India after Vijay Mallya took control of the team.
Instability reigned at the Silverstone team, which had scored a grand total of one point during 2006 and '07. Most expected Mallya to be the next in a line of short-lived owners. What happened on track in 2008, following the name change to Force India, did little to change that expectation, and at the end of the season the team was again rooted to the bottom of the constructors' championship (ignoring Super Aguri, which had faded into oblivion after four races).
The 2008 season brought few highs for Force India © LAT
Yet change was already underway. The following season the team was strong enough to take pole position and finish second at Spa with Giancarlo Fisichella. In 2010 it finished seventh in the constructors' championship, just one point behind Williams and, as of today, it holds sixth in the standings. It has been a remarkable turnaround for a team that was in something of a mess when Mallya took over.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.