The Racing Point Force India F1 Team will make Formula One debut at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa Francorhamps circuit. The former Sahara Force India Formula One team have had all of their Constructors championship points stripped and they will be allowed to score points from this weekend onwards.
The Silverstone based outfit have confirmed that CEO Otmar Szafnauer who has been with the outfit since 2010 has been promoted to the role of Team Principal and speaking about his new role, Szafnauer said:
As we return from the summer break and prepare for the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix, I want to thank all the staff for their resolve and loyalty during the period of transition. Now that we are under new ownership and the future of the team is secure, we can focus on doing what we do best – going racing. We have a great management team in place and this stability will be extremely valuable as we begin the new era. I would like to thank Bob Fernley for his contribution to the success of this team over the last ten years and recognise the support of the previous shareholders for making Force India what it is today
New team owner Lawrence Stroll commented:
On Monday I stood in front of the workforce at Silverstone and Brackley and applauded the achievements of this team in recent years. The strength of any company is the people that make it up and it’s a huge privilege to begin this exciting new journey with such a talented group of men and women. I’ve been fortunate to establish and grow a number of successful businesses, but the opportunity to take this team forward to the next level is perhaps the most exciting challenge yet. Together with my fellow shareholders, we will invest in new resources and bring fresh energy to empower the workforce to continue racing at the very highest level. We are all passionate about motor racing; we recognise the racers’ spirit in Force India, and we are extremely motivated to make this team even more special in the years ahead.