The Future Looks Bright for Racing Point
Why Racing Point can Smile Despite Not Winning in Istanbul
There was a sinking feeling in the Racing Point garage especially on Lance Stroll's side as the Turkish Grand Prix could be seen as a potential win thrown away. However, there were more positives to be taken from the weekend besides Sergio Perez's second-place finish.
Looking at the results, it was a good weekend for the Pink Panthers with their best-ever finish of P2. Despite it being a "what could have been" weekend with a possible victory not achieved by either car, there were more positives for the Silverstone based outfit, especially for the future.
The biggest takeaway was Lance Stroll justifying his selection with a brilliant performance throughout the weekend. In a rain-hit qualifying, Stroll excelled and took pole in conditions that proved difficult even for Lewis Hamilton. Perez also impressed wth a P3 grid spot by splitting the two Red Bulls.
Lance Stroll after Qualifying in Turkey. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Stroll further showed great composure in the race itself. He got a great start and continued to extend his lead over his teammate in second. He remained calm and did not get fazed when the cars behind eventually caught up later in the race. His weekend, however, was spoiled due to a damaged front wing which the team failed to recognise. The subsequent performance deficit dropped him down from the lead to an eventual P8 finish.
Perez too raced off the grid and jumped Max Verstappen to move up to second. He then flew under the radar as he kept dropping back behind Stroll in P1. He took the lead briefly after Stroll's second stop before being overtaken by eventual winner Lewis Hamilton. He once again showed his ability of tyre management by covering almost the entire race on one set of Inters. He ended up with a wonderful second place proving his value to any potential future employers.
Turkish Grand Prix Podium. Photo: Goodwood Road and Racing-https://www.goodwood.com/grr/race/modern/2020/11/contrasting-fortunes-at-a-tricky-turkish-grand-prix/
However, the positives did not end there. Sebastian Vettel's return to form is a huge takeaway from the weekend and would make the future owners of the team, Aston Martin very happy. After a dismal season, Vettel got back on the podium for the first time after his win in Singapore in 2019. If he can build from this performance and carry this newfound form into next season, Aston Martin might have made the best driver signing since Mercedes' signing of Lewis Hamilton in 2013.
Therefore, though Racing Point may have thrown away a win in Turkey, there could be plenty more chances to win, especially next season with Stroll and Vettel looking promising and about to find red hot form.