In their first full season as Racing Point, the Silverstone-based team took a hit to their points tally and slipped down the championship order. Here are all the facts and statistics from Racing Point’s 2019 season.
In their first full season as Racing Point, the team’s points tally almost halved, from 132 points in 2018 to 73 in 2019. It’s the lowest amount of points they have scored since 2011. It was somewhat of a transitional year for the team, with this being the first season in which the consortium led by Lawrence Stroll has led them through a year. Sergio Perez was joined by Stroll’s son Lance, but the Mexican was the obvious winner in the team-mate battle.
The team had been Q3 regulars in recent years, but 2019 saw a marked decrease in their car’s relative pace, leading to them appearing in the final part of qualifying only five times. Between the Spanish Grand Prix in May and the British Grand Prix in July, Racing Point scored only two points with Stroll’s ninth place finish at his home race. There was improvement in the second of the year however, as the capable Perez scored in all but one round. The same could not be said of Stroll, who gained only three points during that period.
The team will be hoping to move back up the grid in 2020 and score points more regularly. With plans for an extension to their Silverstone factory, and rumours of Lawrence Stroll’s investment in Aston Martin, the future looks a little brighter for Racing Point.
A STATISTIC FOR EVERY GRAND PRIX
Australia: At the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, the Racing Point team reached Q3 for the first time in Melbourne since 2014, but also recorded their first Q1 exit at the track since 2009
Bahrain: Though Racing Point took their lowest points haul at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2019 since 2016, their drivers ensured that the team maintain their 100% finish record at the Sakhir circuit.
China: The Racing Point team failed to reach the final part of qualifying in China for the first time since 2015. In the race, both of Racing Point’s drivers secured their best Chinese Grand Prix finishes. Lance Stroll finished twelfth, beating his previous best of fourteenth in 2018, while Sergio Perez finished eighth, bettering the ninth place finish which he recorded in both 2014 and 2017.
Azerbaijan: Lance Stroll’s eighth consecutive Q1 exit at the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix marked the first time a Racing Point car has been eliminated in Q1 in Baku.
Spain: Lance Stroll continued his Q1 exit streak at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, marking the first time a Racing Point driver has been eliminated in Q1 at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2015.
Monaco: For only the fourth time since being re-named Force India in 2008, the team failed to score any points at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2019. For the first time since 2012, neither driver appeared in the final part of qualifying at the event.
Canada: 2019 marked the Racing Point team’s first double Q1 exit at the Canadian Grand Prix since 2008, when they were in their Force India guise.
France: With twelfth and thirteenth place finishes in the 2019 French Grand Prix, Racing Point still have not picked up points in their two visits to Circuit Paul Ricard. However, this marked their first finish at the track, as both cars retired from the 2018 event.
Austria: Both Racing Point cars were eliminated in Q1 for the first time at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2019, and both failed to score for only the second time. The only other time the team have failed to pick up a point here was in 2016, when both drivers retired.
Britain: The Silverstone-based team reached their 100th Q1 exit since being re-named Force India in 2008. In the race, Racing Point failed to pick up a point at the British Grand Prix for the first time since 2012.
Germany: With fourth place in the 2019 German Grand Prix, Lance Stroll scored the team’s best result at Hockenheim since being re-branded as Force India in 2008. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez recorded their first DNF at the track in that period.
Hungary: In 2019, for a second consecutive year, both Racing Point cars were eliminated in Q1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Belgium: With both cars finishing in the top ten, the Silverstone-based team reached 100 points scored at the Belgian Grand Prix since becoming Force India in 2008. If you include the team’s entire history, dating back to the Jordan days, they have now scored 137 points at the Spa circuit.
Italy: The 2019 Italian Grand Prix was the only race of the season that Racing Point’s Lance Stroll reached Q3. In the race, Sergio Perez’s seventh place finish ensured this was the sixth consecutive year that the team have scored at Monza.
Singapore: Lance Stroll recorded the first Q1 exit for a Racing Point driver at the Singapore Grand Prix since Paul di Resta in 2013.
Russia: For the first time since 2014, neither Racing Point driver was able to reach Q3 at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix. However, the team maintain their record of never being eliminated in Q1 at the Sochi Autodrom.
Japan: In 2019, Racing Point scored their lowest amount of points at the Japanese Grand Prix since 2013, but maintained their streak of points finishes at Suzuka which goes back to 2014.
Mexico: Lance Stroll’s 16th place qualification at the 2019 Mexico Grand Prix marked the first time a Racing Point car has been eliminated in Q1 at the event.
United States: Neither Sergio Perez nor Lance Stroll reached Q3 at the 2019 United States Grand Prix, making this the first United States Grand Prix in which neither Racing Point driver has reached the final part of qualifying since 2014.
Brazil: At the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, Lance Stroll recorded the team’s first Q1 exit at Interlagos since Sergio Perez in 2014.
Abu Dhabi: Sergio Perez finished seventh for Racing Point in the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It’s the fifth time in the last six years that one of the team’s cars has finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in seventh place.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.