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Racing Point pleased with 'good combination' of drivers

  • Published on 08 Aug 2019 16:11
  • comments 5
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Racing Point is set to retain its current line-up for the 2020 season, with team principal Otmar Szafnauer confirming it has no intention to alter it.

Sergio Perez has been part of the Silverstone based squad sine 2014, joining it when it was known as Force India before new owners saved it from administration last season.

The consortium of new owners was led by Lawrence Stroll, which saw his son Lance, who raced at Williams in 2017 and 2018, join Racing Point for the 2019 season.

With his father owning the team, Stroll is unlikely to move anywhere else, while Perez recently confirmed that he was working on a long term deal with the team.

"It's not done yet, we are finalising it but you know in Formula 1, until it's done it's never done," Perez said in Hungary. "There are very good prospects for the future so I'm looking forward to it."

Racing Point currently sits eighth in the constructors' championship amid an extremely close midfield fight. Its best result of the year came in Germany, when Stroll crossed the line in fourth place.

Szafnauer says that both Stroll and Perez work well together, with the experienced Perez teaching Stroll, who is in his third season of F1.

“Lance is young and learning, has a lot of potential. It’s a totally different team for him and that takes time to gel with everybody and settle in but that’s happening at a good rate.

“We’re teaching him things about how we go about our business and Sergio is helping with that. Sergio’s been here a long time so I think it’s a good mix, a good combination.”

Racing Point brought substantial upgrades to the German and Hungarian Grands Prix as it looks to make strides on the rest of the midfield.

Despite the fact McLaren is sitting fourth in the championship, 51 points ahead of Racing Point, Szafnauer still thinks the top spot in the midfield pack is still possible for his team.

“I still think its possible but it’s difficult,” said Szafnauer. “Not because we’re that far away, but because the competition in the midfield is really intense and we’re really only fighting for a few points or tenths.

“If the top three teams do what they should do, the top six positions are gone. You’re only fighting for a handful of points and there’s a lot of us in that midfield that could get that handful.”

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  • I was about to say something negative about Stroll, but then noticed he's actually ahead in the points. That's crazy! I haven't checked to see how this happened, but it's surprising to see Stroll doing what neither Hulkenberg or Ocon accomplished. Let's see how the rest of the season goes. I think the 4th place in Germany severely overstates how well Stroll is doing, but credit where it's due. That was a race where maot of the big names struggled or retired

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    • Aug 8 2019 - 20:31
    • f1dave

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      Perez has consistently qualified and placed higher than Stroll. Stroll got lucky in Germany when six cars ahead of him got caught out in the rain.

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      • Aug 8 2019 - 23:04
    • Stroll made the call to come into the pits before everyone else. Maybe a bit of luck, but also some skill to read the conditions.

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      • Aug 9 2019 - 11:18
    • Was looking to see who was going to make negative comments about Stroll. Perez is outperforming hin which is to be expected somewhat with his experience, and Perez is a good driver. Probably one of the most underrated on the grid. Stroll got lucky, but it was his call to change tires so yeah, good call, but in a race of attrition somebody's gonna get the break. Bottom line, he needs to improve and probably wouldn't be guaranteed a seat in F1 if his dad wasn't a team exec.

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      • Aug 9 2019 - 18:12
    • I'll admit I was very tempted to make a wholly negative Stroll-comment, coming for someone who had cautious expectations of him seeing his three previous titles. Coming from the same stance, I am genuinly not sure what to make of him. I don't see champion material here, methinks... Maybe another Hulkenberg or Perez in the making?

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      • Aug 9 2019 - 20:25

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