The UK Government website companieshouse.gov.uk has potentially given away the new name for the Force India F1 team, listed as the 'FORCE Formula One Team LTD'.
It was widely known within the Formula One community that Force India have shown strong intentions of changing their company name in recent times. Most notably, there has been an urge to remove the 'India' name from the team, since owners and investors believed it limited their marketability.
But why is FORCE capitalised?
Before it's explained, it should be clarified that there has been no official confirmation from the team itself yet. However, Internet rumours are powerful movements these days, so it's possible to take this information with relative confidence.
FORCE allegedly stands for 'Formula One Racing & Creative Engineering'. Reactions online have been lukewarm at best, with users on the Formula 1 Reddit forum calling it "a joke", and "ridiculous". Reddit user 'empw' said "I don't hate it, but I feel they're losing their identity by moving away from Force India."
FORCE F1 was apparently not the original name idea for the team, however. In May 2017, Force India supposedly registered for the name 'Force One', but this was later dropped due to concerns regarding confusion with how similar the name looked to Formula One itself, especially when abbreviated.
Force India will officially reveal their new car, logo and name on the 25th February for the 2018 season. With two 4th-place championship finishes in a row, fans will be wondering if the Silverstone-based team will be able to keep up their momentum, and keep advancing midfield teams such as Renault and McLaren at bay.