In the midst of legal allegations regarding his airline's unpaid debts, Vijay Mallya stepped down as director of his team Force India- which went into administration a month post this, as was ordered by London's high court.
A consortium led by the team's new director, Lawrence Stroll, took over for Mallya, and Stroll became the team's new ownership, along with some fellow investors who he managed to bring on board.
Many changes made were visible from outside the team, such as a rebranding which involved new logos and a new name of Racing Point. However, according to Otmar Szafnauer, one major change which can only be detected from within the team is the way in which Stroll runs the team in a more hands-on fashion.
More specifically, Szafnauer said that Stroll is in the factory and working alongside employees more often than his predecessor.
"The significant difference is that Lawrence takes much deeper interest into whats going on within the team, more like, understanding of what we are doing, whereas Vijay took more of a hands-off view of the team but he liked the racing very much, so you saw him at all the races."
"He used to pend up until the last two, maybe 4-5 days at the factory a year, where Lawrence would come 2-3 days a week, so in a month he would be there for 8-10 days whereas Vijay was say five days a year."
[This story was written by me for FormulaRapida, and edited by Darshan Chokhani]