A month ago, Force India’s place in F1 was under threat. But the team has been saved, and now exists as a new entity: Racing Point Force India. What does the future look like? Well, according to the man who created the team back in 1991, Eddie Jordan, it's looking very bright...
Force India went into administration at the end of July, with Lawrence Stroll – father of Williams driver Lance - stepping in as the leader of a consortium of investors to rescue the squad.
As part of the arrangement, they purchased the business and assets but were required to race as a new entity, which in turn means they forfeit the constructors’ championship points earned before last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The team’s roots trace back to Jordan, who made their debut in 1991. Since then, they have raced as Spyker, Midland and then Force India.
Speaking on the latest episode of the official F1 podcast, Beyond The Grid, presented by Bose, Jordan reckon’s Stroll, an investor in several fashion brands including Tommy Hilfiger, has the Midas touch and will do an 'amazing job' with the team.
“[Midland founder Alex] Shnaider, [Spyker Team Principal Colin] Kolles, [Force India co-founder] Vijay [Mallya] - what they have done under the circumstances has been remarkable,” said Jordan.
“The achievements of Force India, when you think how little they have had over the last 10 years is absolutely staggering.
“I can tell you in terms of the man committed to success, Lawrence Stroll will make an amazing job here. Look what he did with Tommy Hilfiger. Look what he did with Michael Kors. Look what he did with all the brands he has been involved in.
“The man has a Midas touch. If he can put 10% of that touch into this team, this team will be absolutely great.”
Force India currently have 18 points, leaving them ninth in the constructors’ championship, one point shy of Sauber and 12 behind McLaren with eight races still to go.