Racing Point eyeing ‘best of the rest’ status in 2020

Date published: February 1 2020

Racing Point want 'best of the rest' status in 2020.

Racing Point principal Otmar Szafnauer says his team are looking to start and end 2020 as ‘best of the rest’ in F1 behind the top three teams.

Under their former identity of Force India, the team had a habbit of taking a shock result against the big-budget outfits of F1.

But the financial breakdown in the summer of 2018 left a “legacy” of issues for 2019 as Racing Point ended the season P7 in the Constructors’ Championship.

But now Szafnauer describes his team’s situation as “normal” he wants to build some positive momentum, and P4 is the target.

Speaking to Motorsport.com before the confirmation that the team will become Aston Martin in 2021, he said: “I think now we’re normal, so next year [2020] I think you’ll see a car, even at the beginning of the year, that should be where we normally are, which is the best of the rest.

“That’s what we’ve got to aim to do. It isn’t gonna be easy, because everybody wants to be best of the rest: McLaren, Renault, Toro Rosso, us and Sauber. Everyone’s aiming for that – although some are even aiming for top three despite there still being a gap.”

Racing Point are hoping to move to a new factory near their current Silverstone base for 2021, but Szafnauer stressed that it doesn’t mean their current facilties and personnel aren’t up to scratch.

“CFD capabilities are up there with the best,” he said. “Wind tunnel capabilities are up there with the best. So all that infrastructure that you need is there.

“We’ve also added machinery such that from [a design] concept to being on the car, that time is reduced. So that helps. We’ve added technical capability as well.

“We’ve added some good guys in our aero department and CFD, for example. We’re at 465 people now instead of 405. And we don’t hire just for the sake of hiring. We’ve got to hire the right people.

“All those things we couldn’t have done before with our financial situation, but we can do now. And all those things are important.”

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