Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point F1 Team, competing as BWT Racing Point F1 Team and commonly known as Racing Point, is a British motor racing team and Constructor that Racing Point UK has entered into the Formula One World Championship. The team is based in Silverstone, United Kingdom and competes under a British licence.

United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes
BWT Racing Point Logo.svg
Full nameBWT Racing Point F1 Team
BaseSilverstone, United Kingdom
Team principal(s)Otmar Szafnauer
(CEO & Team Principal)
Technical directorAndrew Green
Websiteracingpointf1.com
Previous nameRacing Point Force India
Next nameAston Martin F1 Team
2020 Formula One World Championship
Race drivers11. Mexico Sergio Pérez[1]
18. Canada Lance Stroll[2]
27. Germany Nico Hülkenberg
Test driversBelgium Stoffel Vandoorne
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez[3]
ChassisRP20
EngineBWT Mercedes[a][4]
TyresPirelli
Formula One World Championship career
First entry2019 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2020 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races entered36
EnginesBWT Mercedes[a]
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories0
Podiums2
Points227
Pole positions1
Fastest laps0
2019 position7th (73 pts)

The team was renamed in February 2019 from “Racing Point Force India F1 Team”, which used the constructor name of "Force India" for the latter half of the 2018 season. Racing Point made their racing debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. The team's drivers for the 2020 season are Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll. The team is due to be rebranded to Aston Martin for the 2021 Formula One season.[5]

The Racing Point RP19, the car Racing Point used during the 2019 Formula One World Championship, pictured here during pre-season testing.

OriginsEdit

Racing Point's origins lie in the Jordan Grand Prix team, which first raced in 1991. Jordan saw moderate success in the late 1990s and early 2000s, particularly in 1999 when the team achieved two race victories and finished 3rd in the World Constructors' Championship. A decline in performance followed, culminating in the team being sold to the Midland Group in 2005 and being renamed Midland F1 Racing for the 2006 season. The team remained unsuccessful, failing to score any points. Midland F1 was sold to Dutch sports car marque Spyker Cars late in the season, before becoming Spyker F1 in 2007. After another season with little improvement, albeit with the team scoring its first point in over two years at the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix, the team was sold to Indian businessman Vijay Mallya.

The Silverstone-based team was renamed Force India for the 2008 season, its fourth identity in as many years. Force India saw moderate success across its 10 and a half years in Formula One, achieving a pole position at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix, six podium places and finishing 4th in the World Constructors' Championship in both 2016 and 2017. During the 2018 season, the team was put into administration as a result of financial and legal troubles encountered by team owner Mallya. Force India's assets were purchased by Racing Point UK, a consortium led by Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll. However, the team's official Formula One entry was not transferable, marking the official end of the entry originating in 1991. The team was renamed Racing Point Force India for the remainder of the 2018 season before becoming Racing Point for the 2019 season.

Racing historyEdit

2019 seasonEdit

Racing Point confirmed in November 2018 that Lance Stroll and Sergio Pérez would be the two drivers for the 2019 season.[6] The 2019 season also saw the team branded as "SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team", acknowledging lead sponsor SportPesa, a sports betting company from Kenya. The team's car for the 2019 season, the Racing Point RP19, was announced in Toronto, Canada.[7] The team scored points at each of the first four races of the season, including a double points finish in Azerbaijan as Pérez and Stroll finished 6th and 9th respectively. Despite this early success, Racing Point went on to struggle during the middle part of the season, with Stroll's 9th place in Canada being the team's only points finish in the following six races. Their best result of the season came at the German Grand Prix, where Stroll briefly led the race as a result of tyre strategy in the wet weather before eventually finishing 4th.

Racing Point's fortunes improved in the second half of the season after the team brought significant upgrades ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.[8] Over the next nine races, Pérez scored points in all but one—retiring from the Singapore Grand Prix with an oil leak. This points streak brought Racing Point ahead of Alfa Romeo in the standings, finishing the season in 7th place with 73 points.

2020 seasonEdit

At the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix, it was confirmed that Stroll had been re-signed for 2020 and Pérez had been signed until the end of 2022. Pérez was set to spend at least nine consecutive seasons with the team in total since joining in 2014, albeit across four different names.[2][9] SportPesa ended their title sponsorship arrangement with Racing Point, with Austrian water technology company BWT becoming the team's new title sponsor.[10] During pre-season testing Racing Point's car, the RP20 caused controversy due to its resemblance to the Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, which won the 2019 Formula One World Championship.[11] Following the Styrian Grand Prix a formal protest was launched against the RP20 specifically surrounding the brake ducts which the rules dictate must be designed by the team. Officials have impounded the brake ducts from both the RP20 and the W10 to investigate the protest.[12] Three days before the British Grand Prix, Pérez tested positive for COVID-19. Due to this Pérez was unable to participate in both the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg served as a substitute driver for both events.[13] Between the British and 70th Anniversary Grands Prix, Racing Point was fined €400,000 and had 15 constructors points deducted after the protest lodged by Renault F1 Team was upheld.[14]

At the Italian Grand Prix, Lance Stroll finished third and took the team's first ever podium.

At the Turkish Grand Prix, Stroll achieved the team's first ever pole position, with teammate Pérez qualifying third. In the race, Stroll led early into the race but eventually dropped to ninth, while Pérez achieved second place, taking the team's second podium finish.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

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
2019 RP19 BWT Mercedes 1.6 V6 t [a] P AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN MEX USA BRA ABU 73 7th
  Sergio Pérez 13 10 8 6 15 12 12 12 11 17 Ret 11 6 7 Ret 7 8 7 10 9 7
  Lance Stroll 9 14 12 9 Ret 16 9 13 14 13 4 17 10 12 13 11 9 12 13 19 Ret
2020 RP20 BWT Mercedes 1.6 V6 t [a] P AUT STY HUN GBR 70A ESP BEL ITA TUS RUS EIF POR EMI TUR BHR SKH ABU 154* 3rd*
  Sergio Pérez 6 6 7 WD 5 10 10 5 4 4 7 6 2
  Lance Stroll Ret 7 4 9 6 4 9 3 Ret Ret WD Ret 13 9P
  Nico Hülkenberg DNS 7 8
Source:[15][16]
Notes
  • * – Season still in progress.
  • – The driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Racing Point use Mercedes engines. For sponsorship purposes, these engines are rebadged as "BWT Mercedes".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Checo Announced!". racingpointf1.com. SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team. Archived from the original on 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Racing Point: Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez confirmed for 2020 season". BBC. 30 August 2019. Archived from the original on 30 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Racing Point also sharing Mercedes reserve drivers with McLaren". www.racefans.net. 20 June 2020. Archived from the original on 31 July 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  4. ^ "F1 - 2020 Provisional Entry List". fia.com. FIA. 30 November 2019. Archived from the original on 27 May 2020. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Racing Point set to become Aston Martin Racing for 2021". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 31 January 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  6. ^ James Gilboy. "F1: Force India Confirms Lance Stroll Will Partner Sergio Perez in 2019". The Drive. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  7. ^ "SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team launches in Toronto". Racing Point. 13 February 2019. Archived from the original on 6 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Racing Point overhauls front end F1 car design ahead of Belgian GP". autosport.com. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Perez: Fighting for wins in 2022 or I'm out". planetf1.com. 20 January 2020. Archived from the original on 20 January 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Racing Point explains SportPesa deal termination". motorsport.com. 17 February 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Why the new Racing Point RP20 caused a stir in the pitlane at pre-season testing". www.formula1.com. Archived from the original on 12 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  12. ^ Boxall-Legge, Jake. "Renault lodges second F1 protest against Racing Point brake ducts". Autosport.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Nico Hulkenberg confirmed as Sergio Perez's replacement at Racing Point for the British Grand Prix". www.formula1.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Racing Point deducted 15 points and fined heavily as Renault protest into car legality upheld". formula1.com. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Racing Point - Seasons". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Racing Point - Grands Prix started 2019". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 3 September 2019.

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