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Force India F1 team change name to Racing Point Force India

  • Published on 23 Aug 2018 18:37
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The Force India Formula 1 team will race under the name Racing Point Force India for the Belgian Grand Prix. The team was unsure whether it would compete at this weekend's race, however it now appears as though it will be able to do so following an FIA approved name change.

The cars passed scrutineering under the name Sahara Force India F1 Team, but all branding of that name has been removed from the team’s motorhome, trucks and pit wall area. 

The future of the Silverstone squad was in major doubt for a number of months due to financial issues. However, over the summer break, a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll, father of Williams driver Lance, took over the team and saved the jobs of over 400 people.

But the race entry was not included in the purchase due to legal issues surrounding former team owner Vijay Mallya, meaning that for it to continue racing this year, the team would have to compete under a new name.

The new name means that the team has been stripped of all of its points so far this season. It now sits last in the constructor's standings with 0 points. Changing the name of the car was not an option, and the team name had to be the contain the name of the car, so it therefore left 'Force India' at the end.

Earlier today, it was confirmed that deputy team principal Bob Fernley would be leaving the outfit with immediate effect. Otmar Szafnauer, who previously held the role of chief operating officer now becomes the new team principal.

“The new Racing Point Force India Team is delighted to be able to race when the championship resumes in Belgium this weekend,” Szafnauer said.  “This heralds a new and exciting chapter for us. Just a few weeks ago, an uncertain future lay ahead, with more than 400 jobs at risk.

"Now the new team has the backing of a consortium of investors, led by Lawrence Stroll, who believe in us as a team, in our expertise and in our potential to achieve success on the track. We are grateful to the FIA, the Joint Administrators and Formula One Management for their support in helping us achieve such a welcome outcome and ultimately, we trust, for the sport and its many fans.”

F1's CEO Chase Carey also expressed his satisfaction in having the issue resolved: “It is also very gratifying that in partnership with the stakeholders involved we have been able to safeguard the livelihoods of the many hundreds of people working at its Silverstone base. It’s enormously important that we have a full grid of competitive, capable teams in Formula 1 and we are confident that Racing Point Force India will go from strength to strength in the future.”

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • ...So we'll just keep calling them Force India then?

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    • Aug 23 2018 - 18:45
    • Hepp

      Posts: 200

      Great news, sort of ... but,
      "The drivers, Mexican Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon, will keep their points. The new entry, owned by a consortium led by Canadian Lawrence Stroll, will be called Racing Point Force India."
      Reporting by Alan Baldwin; editing by David Stamp.

      Can't confirm yet ... going by my memory, but I believe "Racing Point" was the the name Lawrence financed for Lance in Canadian Carting.

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      • Aug 23 2018 - 19:53
    • Perhaps would use a tagline: Racing just to prove a point

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      • Aug 23 2018 - 22:49
    • Calle do you know if anyone is going to get paid for the points accrued earlier in the year? Or are those simply forfeited?

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      • Aug 24 2018 - 01:14
    • @AJPP I think thats why they will retain the FI bit of the name for now, like with Marussia. I dont know for sure, but I think they will be able to get the cash FI has earned.

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      • Aug 24 2018 - 05:48
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    Jeez - looks like it !

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    • Aug 23 2018 - 18:50
  • 'The 'Arpees' (RP's) have qualified for Q3'....

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    • Aug 23 2018 - 19:24
  • Freguz

    Posts: 160

    What does that mean, do they start from scratch with gearboxes/engine parts per year?

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    • Aug 23 2018 - 20:22
    • Hepp

      Posts: 200

      No. Parts used are per car, regardless of driver number change.

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      • Aug 23 2018 - 20:27
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    It's great news, keeping the team in F1 and allowing the more drivers to promote to F1. Also moving Stroll away from Williams which will allow them to get an better driver.

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    • Aug 24 2018 - 08:21
  • Racing Desperately For Points - it reflects their post-Mallya situation and current points tally but is a bit of a mouth full, so I get it, that name ...

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    • Aug 24 2018 - 09:46

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