Racing Point F1 Team are the third team today to showcase their 2019 challenger on Formula One’s busiest season launch date this season.
Unveiling their car at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, the new livery sports a brand-new title sponsor PesaSport who occupy a blue design on the back of the car. The colour scheme remains largely the same featuring the pink BWT design as seen on the Silverstone-based car since the 2017 season.
Racing Point F1 enters 2019 with a strong Canadian influence, hence showcasing their car in Toronto this year. The Silverstone-team had been rescued from administration by a consortium led by Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll, the father of 20-year old driver Lance Stroll. The consortium bought out the troubled team before the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix and would work with the FIA to get them ready to race over the final half of the 2018 season.
As anticipated, Lance Stroll was promoted into the pink outfit starting from this season booting out Mercedes-backed talent Esteban Ocon. He joins Sergio Pérez in his ninth Formula One season this year.
“After months of hard work behind-the-scenes it’s incredibly exciting to come to Canada and present our new identity,” expressed Otmar Szafneuer, Team Principal and CEO of Racing Point F1.
“The long-term aim is to take this team to the very top of the sport. We are putting the building blocks in place and it’s important we take a good step forward in 2019 as we begin this new era. We want to be fighting for podiums on merit and aiming for a strong top-four finish in the championship.”
— SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) February 13, 2019
“I’m really excited to stay with this team as we begin the new era,” added Sergio Pérez. “We have stability and strong leadership at the top, which is important because it means I can simply focus on the driving and performance.
“I want us to be the best of the rest once again. I believe in this team and I think we can achieve great things together.”
“I can see how much potential we have in this team and there’s an incredible buzz in the factory and so much enthusiasm,” echoed Stroll.
“I always aim high so I want us to be competitive right from the start. It’s way too early to know how we compare to the other teams, but right here today I believe we should be fighting for points in every race.
“My goal is to get back on the podium in 2019 as well. I’ve seen what this team achieved in the past and it’s a real credit to the people involved. I’m looking forward to making our own history.”
Where Racing Point will fit in this year’s field will be of interest with plenty of changing factors throwing up this year’s season.
Crucially, Red Bull Racing’s new partnership with Honda is one of the most significant deciding factors if Renault will overtake them as essentially the third-best team. Racing Point may also be able to overcome their neighbourhood rivals Red Bull early in the season with their mighty Mercedes power unit while new aerodynamic regulations for 2019 may close the field in overall.
Pre-season testing commences next Monday, February 18 at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Images via Racing Point F1 Team
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