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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Spyker change name to Force India
Spyker driver Adrian Sutil in action in Brazil
Spyker have struggled in this season's campaign
Spyker have been granted permission to change their name to Force India Formula One by motorsport's governing body, the FIA.

The team, bought by Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya for 61m, will race under the new name with a logo in the colours of the India flag from next season.

Spyker made little impact in this season's championships, winning just one constructors' point.

But Mallya is determined to keep German rookie driver Adrian Sutil.

"I am very happy with Adrian Sutil and I've told team boss Colin Kolles that we need to keep him," he said.

606: DEBATE

The team have undergone their third name change since 2005, when Silverstone-based Jordan was sold to Midland F1, which then became Spyker Cars when the Dutch sports car manufacturer paid 51m a season later.

Mallya is chairman and controlling shareholder of the UB Group, which has beer, spirits and airline operations in India.

And the ambitious businessman claims to have plenty of interest from potential Indian sponsors, although he said an Indian driver for the team was not an immediate priority.

India is set to host its first ever Grand Prix in New Delhi in 2010.



SEE ALSO
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