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Full nameSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team
United Kingdom
Team principal(s)Otmar Szafnauer
(Team Principal & CEO)
Director(s)Andrew Green
(Technical Director)
Andy Stevenson
(Sporting Director)
Steve Curnow
(Commercial Director)
Previous nameRacing Point Force India
2019 Formula One World Championship
Race drivers11. Mexico Sergio Pérez[1]
18. Canada Lance Stroll[2]
Test driversTBA
EngineMercedes M10 EQ Power+[3]
Formula One World Championship career
First entry2019 Australian Grand Prix
Races entered0
Race victories0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
2019 positionn/a

Racing Point UK Limited, competing as Racing Point F1 Team,[4][5] and previously known as Racing Point Force India F1 Team, is a Formula One racing team and constructor based in Silverstone, United Kingdom, and competing with a British licence.

The team origins stem from August 2018 when a consortium of investors which included André Desmarais, Jonathan Dudman, John D. Idol, John McCaw Jr., Michael de Picciotto and Silas Chou (named Racing Point UK Ltd)[6] and led by Lawrence Stroll, the father of former Williams driver Lance Stroll, purchased the assets of the then-existing Sahara Force India F1 team.[7] They operated at team named "Racing Point Force India" during the remainder of the 2018 championship. Lance Stroll is set to move to the team for 2019. The team refomed as Racing Point F1 Team for the 2019 season and is scheduled to make its competitive debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.[8]

The consortium purchased Sahara Force India's assets in the middle of the 2018 season for £90 million.[9]

History[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

The team's origins stemmed from the Jordan Grand Prix team, which entered Formula One racing in 1991 based at the Silverstone racing circuit. Jordan enjoyed many years in Formula One, winning four races and achieving third place in the 1999 Constructors' Championship. However, like many of the smaller teams in the 2000s, financial problems meant the team's performance dried up, and team owner Eddie Jordan sold the team to the Midland Group in early 2005.

The Midland-owned team, renamed Midland F1 Racing in 2006, spent two seasons at the back of grid, before owner Alex Shnaider sold the team to Spyker Cars midway through the 2006 season.[10]

Spyker F1 scored a point in 2007 and briefly led the European Grand Prix; despite this, the team once again hit financing issues,[11] and was sold on to Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, then-chairman of the United Breweries Group, and Michiel Mol, Spyker's Formula One Director.[12] The team, bought for €88 million,[13] was renamed Force India F1 for the 2008 season, and retained team principal Colin Kolles, Chief Technology Officer Mike Gascoyne, and driver Adrian Sutil.[13]

During late July 2018, Force India was put under administration. Its assets were purchased by a consortium of investors, named Racing Point UK Ltd. and led by Lawrence Stroll. The consortium created a new constructor with the assets and entered the sport prior to the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix, taking the vacated entry of the original Force India team.[14] They raced under the name Racing Point Force India in the 2018 season. After the end of 2018 season the team applied for a formal name change to Racing Point F1 Team.

2019 season[edit | edit source]

Sergio Pérez was retained from the former constructor.[1] Lance Stroll was signed to drive alongside him.[2]

In 2019 Pérez and Stroll will drive with the new RP19 which is due to make its competitive debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

Complete Formula One results[edit | edit source]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Points WCC
Mexico Sergio Pérez
Canada Lance Stroll

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sergio Perez confirmed for 2019 with Racing Point Force India". Racing Point Force India. 30 November 2018. Archived from the original on 8 January 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lance Stroll to race alongside Sergio Perez in 2019". Racing Point Force India. 30 November 2018. Archived from the original on 1 December 2018.
  3. Baldwin, Alan (28 August 2018). "Motor racing-Mercedes to explore closer ties with Force India". Reuters. Archived from the original on 18 October 2019.
  4. "Force India become Racing Point for 2019". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 1 December 2018. Archived from the original on 3 December 2018.
  5. Ruftherford, Peter; Baldwin, Alan (1 December 2018). "Force India name disappears from Formula One". Reuters. Archived from the original on 11 December 2018.
  6. "Racing Point UK Limited acquires Force India Formula One Team | Force India F1". www.forceindiaf1.com. Force India. 23 August 2018. Archived from the original on 31 August 2018.
  7. Brooks, Roddy (8 August 2018). "Lance Stroll's father agrees Force India takeover deal to save all 405 jobs". independent.co.uk. Independent Digital News and Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 21 August 2018.
  8. "2019 Formula One World Championship Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 30 November 2018. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019.
  9. Cooper, Adam (4 October 2018). "Racing Point paid £90million for Force India Formula 1 team". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Archived from the original on 6 October 2018.
  10. "Midland sells MF1 Racing to Spyker". grandprix.com. Inside F1, Inc. 9 September 2006. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008.
  11. "Spyker considers selling F1 team". Autosport. Haymarket Media Group. 14 August 2007. Archived from the original on 4 September 2018.
  12. "Mallya and Mol set for Spyker takeover". formula1.com. Formula One Administration Ltd. 3 September 2007. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Spyker change name to Force India". BBC Sport. 24 October 2007. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009.
  14. Cooper, Adam (24 August 2018). "How the FIA used little-known Formula 1 rules to save Force India". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Archived from the original on 11 October 2018.

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