Racing Point F1 Team competing as SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team is the team that Racing Point UK has entered into the 2019 Formula One World Championship, using the constructor name of "Racing Point". The team, based in Silverstone, United Kingdom, competes under a British licence.
The team was renamed in February 2019 from Racing Point Force India F1 Team, which used the constructor name of Racing Point Force India for the 2018 season. The 2019 season also saw the team branded as "SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team", acknowledging lead sponsor SportPesa, a sports betting company from Kenya. The team's car for the 2019 season, the Racing Point RP19, was announced in Toronto, Canada. The team's drivers for the 2019 season are Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll, with the team making its racing debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.
|Racing Point-BWT Mercedes|
|Full name||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team|
|Team principal(s)||Otmar Szafnauer|
(Team Principal & CEO)
(Performance Engineering Director)
|Previous name||Racing Point Force India|
|2019 Formula One World Championship|
|Race drivers||11. Sergio Pérez|
18. Lance Stroll
|Test drivers||Nick Yelloly|
|Engine||BWT Mercedes[note 1]|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First entry||2019 Australian Grand Prix|
|Latest entry||2019 British Grand Prix|
In December 2018, the FIA's first release of the 2019 Formula One World Championship entry list confirmed that Racing Point UK intended to drop "Force India" from their team's name, and would contest the 2019 championship with their team renamed as "Racing Point F1 Team".
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2019||RP19||BWT Mercedes 1.6 V6 t||P||AUS||BHR||CHN||AZE||ESP||MON||CAN||FRA||AUT||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||SIN||RUS||JPN||MEX||USA||BRA||ABU||19*||7th*|
* Season still in progress.
The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship is an ongoing motor racing championship for Formula One cars which marks the 70th running of the Formula One World Championship. It is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Starting in March and ending in December, the championship is being contested over twenty-one Grands Prix. Drivers are competing for the title of World Drivers' Champion, and teams for the World Constructors' Champion. The 2019 championship saw the running of the 1000th World Championship race, which was held in China.Lewis Hamilton is the defending World Drivers' Champion, after winning his fifth championship title in the previous season, and Mercedes are the defending World Constructors' Champions, after winning their fifth consecutive championship in 2018.BWT AG
BWT AG is an Austrian company with its headquarters in Mondsee. The company's name is an initialism derived from Best Water Technology. BWT is a manufacturer of water treatment systems and, based on its own data, the leading water technology group in Europe.Eddie Jordan
Edmund Patrick Jordan, OBE (born 30 March 1948), also known as EJ, is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman and television personality. Born in Dublin, Jordan worked first at the Bank of Ireland. He won the Irish Kart Championship in 1971 and moved to Formula Ford in 1974. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He was the chief analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC from 2009 to 2015 before joining Channel 4 after BBC pulled out in 2016. In February 2016, it was announced that Jordan would join Top Gear as a presenter.Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll (born 29 October 1998) is a Canadian-Belgian racing driver currently driving in Formula One with Racing Point. He was Italian F4 champion in 2014, Toyota Racing Series champion in 2015, and 2016 FIA European Formula 3 champion. He was part of the Ferrari Driver Academy from 2010 to 2015. He achieved his first podium finish, a 3rd place, at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, becoming the second-youngest driver to finish an F1 race on the podium and the youngest to do so during his rookie season. Stroll also competed in endurance racing, taking part in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2016 and 2018.Lawrence Stroll
Lawrence Sheldon Strulovitch (born 11 July 1959), best known as Lawrence Stroll, is a Canadian billionaire businessman, part-owner of the SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team Formula 1 team and collector of vintage Ferraris. According to Forbes, he has a net worth of US$2.6 billion, as of February 2019.Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix results
These are the complete Grand Prix racing and Formula One results for Mercedes-Benz.Nick Yelloly
Nicholas Jon Yelloly (born 3 December 1990 in Stafford, England) is a British professional racing driver, and BMW Motorsport works driver. He is also currently a test and simulator driver for Racing Point F1 Team.Otmar Szafnauer
Otmar Szafnauer (born August, 13 1964) is the Chief Executive Officer and Team Principal of the Racing Point F1 Team.
Szafnauer was born in Romania to an American father of German descent and a Romanian mother, but moved to Detroit when he was seven years old. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit before completing a master's degree in business and finance from the University of Detroit.He joined the Ford Motor Company in 1986, appointed Programmes Manager for Ford in the United States. While working for Ford he attended the Jim Russell Racing Driver School and started racing in Formula Ford in 1991. He left Ford in 1998 to become Operations Director at British American Racing in Formula One. After unsuccessful discussions with Jaguar Racing, he was hired by Honda on its return to Formula One in 2001, rising to Vice President of Honda Racing Developments and a member of the Management Board of the Honda F1 team.. After leaving Honda in 2008, he founded Soft Pauer, which released the official Formula One Timing and Track Positioning Application on the iPhone in June 2009.
Szafnauer joined Force India in October 2009, and has played an integral role in the team's improved performance, with the team going on an upward path, finishing seventh in 2010 and sixth in 2011, 2013 and 2014, before breaking into the top five in 2015 and achieving the team-best finish of fourth in 2016 and 2017. Szafnauer's efforts also played an instrumental role in the team securing a long-term agreement to use the Mercedes powertrain from the 2014 season onwards.Racing Point Force India
Racing Point Force India Formula One Team was the team that Racing Point UK made a late entry into the 2018 Formula One World Championship with. The team used the constructor name "Force India", competed under a British licence and was based in Silverstone, United Kingdom.
The team was formed in August 2018 when investors purchased the assets of Sahara Force India F1 team, which was operating under administration. The consortium of investors included André Desmarais, Jonathan Dudman, John D. Idol, John McCaw Jr., Michael de Picciotto and Silas Chou named Racing Point UK Ltd. and were led by Lawrence Stroll, the father of then-Williams F1 driver Lance Stroll. The team made its competitive debut at the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix.
The team was renamed in February 2019 as Racing Point F1 Team.Racing Point RP19
The Racing Point RP19 is a Formula One racing car designed and developed by the Racing Point F1 Team, to compete in the 2019 Formula One World Championship. It is the first car built by Racing Point after their purchase of the Force India Formula One Team assets in August 2018. The RP19 is driven by Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll and made its competitive debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.Racing Point UK
Racing Point UK Limited is the British company that owns and operates the Racing Point F1 Team, and previously the Racing Point Force India Formula One Team, a Formula 1 racing team based in Silverstone, United Kingdom. The company was established in August 2018 to buy the Formula 1 racing assets of the failed Force India Formula One Team out of administration. Following its acquisition of the team assets just before the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix, it competed in that race, and for the rest of the 2018 season, as Racing Point Force India Formula One Team, using the constructor name Force India. For the 2019 season the team was renamed as the Racing Point F1 Team and now competes using Racing Point as its constructor name.Satellite team
In motorsport, a satellite team is a team related to a larger, better-funded team. This relation may involve ownership, technical support and staff sharing, including drivers. Current examples include NASCAR outfit Wood Brothers Racing, which is currently related to Team Penske, and Formula One teams Scuderia Toro Rosso (supported by Red Bull Racing), Haas F1 Team (supported by Scuderia Ferrari) and Racing Point F1 Team (supported by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport).
If the larger team is factory-backed (i.e. supported by a manufacturer), then the satellite team is termed a semi-works team. As of 2010, several World Rally Championship teams are semi-works: the Citroën Junior Team is linked to the Citroën World Rally Team, whereas Stobart and Munchi's are supported by the Ford World Rally Team. In MotoGP, factory teams are given the most up-to-date motorcycles and parts, while satellite teams may use the previous season's motorcycle and are given equipment updates only after the factory team has had them. Starting 2016, satellite teams may had been giving a trophy as well if they rider are leading the Independent category.Sergio Pérez
Sergio Pérez Mendoza (Spanish: [ˈseɾxjo ˈpeɾes] (listen); born 26 January 1990) also known as "Checo" Pérez, is a Mexican racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Racing Point.
Pérez was a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy until 2012. He took his first Formula One podium at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix with Sauber, a drive which won him plaudits and fuelled speculation of a move to Ferrari in the near future. However, Pérez later told reporters that he expected to stay with Sauber until at least the end of the 2012 season. Due to his young age and performance, he has been referred to as "The Mexican Wunderkind".Pérez joined McLaren for the 2013 season, but the car failed to deliver the team a single podium finish. Subsequently, for the 2014 season, the team decided to replace Pérez with Danish driver Kevin Magnussen very late into the season almost leaving Pérez without a seat. In December 2013, it was announced that Force India had signed Pérez in a €15 million deal. He remained with Force India after they went into administration in the latter half of 2018, and then their reformation as Racing Point F1 in 2019.SportPesa
SportPesa is a Kenyan sports betting platform with operations in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the Isle of Man and the UK, where it operates in conjunction with TGP Europe.Telcel
Telcel is a Mexican wireless telecommunications company, owned by América Móvil. Founded in 1989 and based in Mexico City, Telcel is the leading provider of wireless communications services in Mexico. As of December 31, 2006, Telcel's cellular network covered more than 63% of the geographical area of Mexico, including all major cities, and 90% of Mexico's population. Telcel holds concessions to operate a wireless network in all nine geographic regions in Mexico using both the 850 megahertz and 1900 megahertz radio spectrum. According to Cofetel (Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones—Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Commission), as of July 2008, Telcel's subscribers represented an estimated 77.2% share of the Mexican wireless market. In August 2011, Telcel reported it has 66.9 million cellular subscribers.Univa
Univa is a privately held software company that develops workload management products to manage applications, services and containers. Univa's software-defined computing infrastructure and workload orchestration solutions enable companies to scale computer resources across on-premises, cloud computing, and hybrid systems. The company is based in Chicago, with offices in Canada and Germany.Vijay Mallya
Vijay Vittal Mallya (born 18 December 1955) is an Indian businessman and a former member of the Upper House of the Parliament of India. The son of businessman Vittal Mallya, he is the ex-chairman of United Spirits, the largest spirits company in India and continues to serve as chairman of United Breweries Group, an Indian conglomerate with interests including beverage alcohol, aviation infrastructure, real estate and fertilizer. He has been the chairman of Sanofi India (previously known as Hoechst AG and Aventis) and the chairman of Bayer CropScience in India for over 20 years, and the chairman of several other companies. He is the subject of an extradition effort by the Indian Government to return him to India from the UK to face charges of financial crimes.Will Buxton
Will Buxton (born 14 February 1981) is a British Formula One digital presenter and reporter who works for Liberty Media.
Teams and drivers competing in the 2019 Formula One World Championship
Although World Championship races held in 1952 and 1953 were run to Formula Two regulations, constructors who only participated during this period are included herein to maintain Championship continuity.
Constructors whose only participation in the World Championship was in the Indianapolis 500 races between 1950 and 1960 are not listed.