Racing Point is no longer a cash-strapped team, with the Lawrence Stroll-led consortium having rescued the squad from administration during last year’s mid-season break.
But its results are yet to reflect that change with Lance Stroll’s ninth place in Canada Racing Point’s only point score in six races, and Azerbaijan its only double points finish for the season after 10 races.
The squad’s home event, the British Grand Prix, another non-score with Stroll coming home 13th, Sergio Pérez 17th…
But Racing Point’s technical director Andrew Green says the RP19 is still reeling from a balance issue, one carried over from last year’s car - given its limited development and updates.
“I think that’s a bit of a legacy of where we finished off last year and where we were as a company, position-wise,” he said.
But, while more upgrades are coming, including after F1’s summer break, its pre-season target now looks like a pipe dream.
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.”
Checo’s bold pre-season ambitions certainly seem naive now, but they’re within the team’s medium to long-term plans.
… with Force India-turned Racing Point one of the most efficient teams in F1, able to draw performance from a shoestring budget.
Its most recent podium was Azerbaijan last year, Pérez again proving he’s one of the sport’s most pugnacious points scorers.
And while Stroll’s performance remains in question, following 14-straight Q1 exits in qualifying, the team needs a proper car to move forward with, which is its focus as the season reaches half distance.