New year, new identity. The team formerly known as Force India but later christened Racing Point pulled the covers off their 2019 challenger at the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto…
Force India fell into administration last summer, but Lawrence Stroll led a consortium to reincarnate the outfit, which was subsequently renamed Racing Point, with the same 400 staff and facilities.
After years of struggling with cashflow that hampered in-season development, it means the outfit now has a solid foundation in which to build on in the years ahead.
Lance Stroll joins the team, now owned by his father, after two years with Williams, and he’ll partner Sergio Perez, who will embark on his sixth year with the team.
“The targets are extreme,” said Perez at the launch. “We really want to go to the next level. Now is the time to show what we can really do, now that we have all the tools in place.”
Stroll added: “It’s a new chapter and a very exciting journey which lies ahead of us. It’s a dream come true to be standing here and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling.”
Racing Point, who announced a new title sponsor in Sport Pesa, have opted to stick with their pink livery, which they adopted two years ago.
“The pink... I believe in the two years, has become iconic,” said team chief Otmar Szafnauer. “The long-term aim is to take this team to the very top of the sport.
"We are putting the building blocks in place and it’s important we take a good step forward in 2019 as we begin this new era. We want to be fighting for podiums on merit and aiming for a strong top four finish in the championship.”