The SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team who endured a difficult 2019 Formula One season after being rescued from administration by Lawrence Stroll, the dad of Lance Stroll had a strong end to their Formula One season at Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez who started the race from 10th place enjoyed a great battle with McLaren’s Lando Norris to finish the race in seventh place.
Perez ended the season in 10th place in the drivers championship on on 52 points and speaking following the race he said:
The first part of my race was a bit messy. I got a big hit from Gasly into Turn 1, which meant that I lost a position to Magnussen. Because the DRS wasn’t enabled at the start, we lost a bit of time behind him, but I managed to overtake even without DRS. After a long first stint, we had to push hard to catch up to the midfield group. We had a very strong end to the race and my final lap overtake on Norris in Turn 11 was one of the best of my career. The six points we scored means that I have finished inside the top 10 in the Drivers’ Championship and I’m pleased we could do that. I cannot wait to start next season already.
While Perez had a strong race on the other side of the garage his team mate Lance Stroll was left disappointed as he was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the race the Canadian who ended his first season with the Silverstone based outfit in 15th place in the championship on 21 points and speaking following the race he said:
“I had contact on the first lap with Gasly and had to pit because of the damage to my front wing. After that, we were out of position, running down the order, and it was really hard to get back into contention. We explored the strategy options and I stopped twice, but when you lose so much time early on by changing the front wing, it’s difficult to recover. Unfortunately, we had a brake issue so we have to see what went wrong because I was struggling to stop the car. That’s why we retired. All in all, just a disappointing race.
The team ended the season in seventh place in the championship on 73 points and speaking following the race CEO and Team Principal of the SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team Otmar Szafnauer commented saying:
“I’m pleased we could end the season with a strong performance and seventh place for Checo – as best of the rest – is a well-deserved result for the entire team. We judged the strategy well tonight with a one-stop race combined with some excellent overtakes by Checo. The move on Lando [Norris] for seventh place, on the final lap, was the pick of the bunch. Unfortunately Lance’s race ended in retirement due to a brake issue in the final few laps. Before that it had been a tough race with some damage on the opening lap forcing a very early pit-stop for a front wing change, which ended Lance’s chance of fighting for points.
The team will be back in action on Tuesday for the end of season young driver test which takes place at the Yas Marina circuit for a two day test.