[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] RACING POINT: UPWARD TRAJECTORY

Racing Point heads into 2019 as a renewed force, the squad again on an upward trajectory care of the Lawrence Stroll-led consortium that saved it from administration.

This intrepid band of F1 racers has a history of punching above its weight, with giant-killing performances at its peaks. Heinz-Harald Frentzen taking two wins for Jordan in 1999, and finishing third in the standings’.

10 years later, then as as Force India, Giancarlo Fisichella secured pole position and second place at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.

Another decade on, and it’s another new era, the number nine again an omen in 2019; with the compact Silverstone-based squad now flush with the cash needed to compete, as Racing Point F1 Team.

And the ambition is there to go all the way this time.

"Long term, when all the rules change, hopefully we’ll be one of the greatest teams in the paddock," co-owner Lawrence Stroll said.

It’s a big call from the Canadian billionaire businessman, the team competing against the likes of Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.

Racing Point F1 is the squad’s fifth iteration since its foundation in 1991 as Jordan. It became Midland for the 2006 season before being sold to Spyker Cars, changing to Force India for 2008.

Fast forward 11 years, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Toronto, Canada and the Racing Point era properly began its first full racing campaign with another first, the inaugural F1 launch on Canadian soil.

…with Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll, the son of team co-owner Lawrence, revealing the RP19 livery and 2019 front wing. 

And with the resources in place, the team is again pushing for a return to fourth in the standings. A target Pérez believes is possible.

SOUNDBITE (English) SERGIO PÉREZ,
F1 DRIVER, RACING POINT F1:
“We are the same team as basically six years ago. But with a new characteristic. We have the targets that are really extreme. We really want to go to the next level as a team. I think we’ve been extremely successful in the past. But now it’s really the time when we have to show what we can really do.”

For Stroll, it’s a make or break season with nowhere to hide at the next level and his father an essential ingredient in his progress.

SOUNDBITE (English) LANCE STROLL,
F1 DRIVER, RACING POINT F1:
“It’s a new chapter and he’s been in my corner since day one. And to be working alongside him, it’s an amazing opportunity and I’m embracing it as much as I can. And I can’t wait to get the ball rolling. It’s definitely, it’s going to be fun.”

Incredibly, that father-son relationship was mentioned at the launch, the awkward truth made even more so in front of a live audience.

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID CROFT,
LEAD COMMENTATOR, SKY SPORTS F1:
“Has he insisted on having a button to press so he can talk to you during the race, or how’s that going to work?”

SOUNDBITE (English) LANCE STROLL,
F1 DRIVER, RACING POINT F1:
“I’m not going to get into detail, but I’m sure. You can ask Otmar on that one.”

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID CROFT,
LEAD COMMENTATOR, SKY SPORTS F1:
“How’s that going to work?"

SOUNDBITE (English) OTMAR SZAFNAUER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RACING POINT F1:
“He’s going to talk to me!”

SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID CROFT,
LEAD COMMENTATOR, SKY SPORTS F1:
“So you’re like a surrogate dad during the race, is that the way it works?"

SOUNDBITE (English) OTMAR SZAFNAUER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RACING POINT F1:
“Well, it’s just a…"

Regardless, this great team known for its efficiency and racing nous is back on the rise. And with fourth place in its sights, bigger works teams like Renault and Red Bull will be looking over their shoulders.

It’s game on at Racing Point F1.