2019 marked the dawn of a new era at Racing Point, as its first full season under new owners, the Lawrence Stroll-led consortium.
The Silverstone-based squad emerged from administration last year a far stronger force, its cash strapped past exactly that.
…with more funding meaning bigger goals and expectations.
SOUNDBITE (English) SERGIO PÉREZ,
F1 DRIVER, RACING POINT F1:
“We are aiming for at least fourth this year. When you consider the level of competition that is in the [F1] midfield, with such big teams around, [including] big manufacturers, it’s not going to be easy. But this team has done it before. I will be very pleased if we can have a couple of podiums as well. And yeah, have a great season, and why not - our first victory together.”
But the squad has scored points at just six out of 12 rounds, including at the first four races - Azerbaijan again a success with both drivers scoring. Canada and Germany its only other points…
… care of Lance Stroll, who has outpointed Sergio Pérez so far this year - 18 to 13, fourth at Hockenheim a season-boosting result.
The team’s performance, though, has been limited by its car - the RP19, but the squad has big expectations for the second half of the year.
… with updates at recent races - including new suspension for Budapest and more scheduled for Belgium, Italy and Singapore all adding up to an almost B-spec car for a quantum leap forward.
SOUNDBITE (English) OTMAR SZAFNAUER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RACING POINT:
“The financial pressures have been eased, but now we have other pressures and those pressures are to perform at an even higher level than we have before. And we’re all working hard to do that.”
Fourth may not be achievable this year, with the squad currently sitting in eighth with 31 points, 51 and four spots behind a resurgent McLaren. But 12 points and three spots behind fifth-placed Toro Rosso is do-able should the squads upgrades take it to the next level.