New name, new car: SportPesa Racing Point unveils 2019 challenger
The Force India name is gone, as Racing point announce a new title sponsor and reveal 2019 car
Racing Point has announced a new title sponsor, as the team formerly known as Force India unveiled its 2019 car today.
The team, which can trace its lineage back to the outfit started by Eddie Jordan back in 1991, was taken over by a consortium of new owners that included former Williams driver Lance Stroll's father Lawrence, mid-way through last year.
And ahead of the new season the team has been rebranded, losing the Force India name entirely, and gaining a new title sponsor. The squad is now called the SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team, after their new commercial partner.
SportPesa is described as "a growing global technology and entertainment company that is focused on sports and entertainment news."
With the new name comes a new car – which retains the much–loved pink livery of the past two years, with a blue tweak to accommodate the new title sponsor.
The new look was revealed to the world at a launch ceremony in Canada, led by team boss Otmar Szafnauer, Technical Director Andrew Green, and the two drivers, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
Szafnauer said: “After months of hard work behind-the-scenes it’s incredibly exciting to come to Canada and present our new identity.
"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.”
Sergio Perez summed up his goals for 2019: “I’m really excited to stay with this team as we begin the new era. 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.”
Lance Stroll said he is targeting a return to the podium this season. “I can see how much potential we have in this team and there’s an incredible buzz in the factory and so much enthusiasm," he said.
"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.”