Bob Fernley leaves Force India following F1 team's ownership change

Bob Fernley is no longer associated with the Force India Formula 1 team following the purchase of its assets by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll

Bob Fernley leaves Force India following F1 team's ownership change

Long associated with Vijay Mallya, Fernley held the role of deputy team principal since the former Jordan, Midland and Spyker team was rebranded under new ownership in 2008.

He was in effect in charge of the team on race weekends when Mallya - who has been unable to leave the UK for the last couple of years - was not in attendance. He also dealt with matters related to the FIA and the F1 organisation.

It's understood that Fernley was informed by Stroll last week that he would not be part of the revised team structure. Chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer is currently heading the management team.

Meanwhile the team is in the process of changing its identity and in effect becoming a new entry, although it's not yet clear whether the paperwork will be completed for this weekend's Belgian GP. An announcement is expected soon.

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