Cape Town - Long-time deputy team principal Bob Fernley has left Force
India after Lawrence Stroll began takeover proceedings of the team.
Fernley has been synonymous with Force India since its
rebrand in 2008 but has been told by Stroll that his services will no longer be
The 50-year-old was often the leading voice of the team as
he deputised on a regular basis for Dr Vijay Mallya who has not been able to
leave the UK for several years due to ongoing legal battles.
Fernley was also the key link between the team and the
governing bodies, yet he does not feature in Stroll's plans once the takeover
is completed. At present, chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer is still
continuing in his role.
There is currently a scramble to resolve Force India's legal
status now that Stroll has obtained all physical assets from the team.
A name change and, in essence, a new team entry is in
process but there is a race against time to get the paperwork sealed ahead of
the Belgian Grand Prix.