Racing Point have become the latest team to reveal their 2020 Formula 1 car at a special event in Austria.
Racing Point have unveiled their 2020 car – the RP20 – at an event in Austria. BWT become title sponsor of the team this season. Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer spoke of the team’s desire to have a stronger start to this season than they did in 2019:
“It’s always difficult to make predictions this early in the year – but firstly, we need to start this season at a much higher level than we did in 2019 and that means right from the first test in Barcelona. I’m confident we can do this and our ultimate target is to be at the front of the midfield – but we also intend to end the year closer to third place than fifth. We know that the car we will race in Melbourne is a significant step forward in every area, but where this puts us is dependent upon what our competitors have done over the winter. Stable regulations typically reduce the probability of shocks – but it’s important that we don’t underestimate anybody at this stage of the season.”
Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll will race alongside each other once again at Racing Point in 2020. The team took a hit to their points tally and slid down the order to seventh in the Constructors’ Championship last season. The team had a marked improvement in the second half of the year, with Perez scoring in all but one round. Read more: Racing Point’s 2019 Season in Stats.
This is only the second season for the Racing Point name, but the team will be re-branded again in 2021 as Aston Martin, following Lawrence Stroll buying a stake in the company. The team have already set sights on challenging the top three teams next year.
Where do you think Racing Point will finish in the Constructors’ Championship? Leave a comment below!
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. 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 Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.