Racing Point won’t ‘take it easy’ during hiatus

Michelle Foster
Racing Point RP20 and mechanics

Racing Point RP20 and mechanics

Racing Point has backed F1’s decision to defer the new regulations by a year but insists that doesn’t mean the team will take it easy when F1 finally gets onto the track.

The 2020 Formula 1 season has been delayed by at least three months with Canada currently down as the first race of the championship.

However, the race’s organisers say they will make a decision in the next “two to three” weeks about whether to press ahead with plans for the June 14 race.

With the season on hold and teams facing massive financial losses, the team bosses agreed with Liberty Media and the FIA to defer next year’s regulations by a year.

Instead of the ground effect aerodynamic rules coming into play next year, they are on hold until 2022 with the teams racing this year’s chassis in 2021.

Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer says that’s the right call.

“This is an unprecedented situation – one that is changing by the day,” Szafnauer said in a team press release.

“Right now, we simply cannot say with any degree of certainty when we’ll be back to normal. There are so many factors that are not under our control.

“With that in mind, another decision taken between the teams and the FIA has been to delay the introduction of the new regulations until 2022.

“From both a logistical and a cost perspective, this makes absolute sense.

“Of course, that doesn’t mean we can afford to take it easy when we return to work.

“When we do eventually get back on track, we need to be in a position to compete – whatever the regulations.

“There’s still plenty of work ahead and we’ll be ready to tackle it when the time comes.”

The team boss took the opportunity to urge everyone around the world to listen to their governments and respect any restrictions that are put in place as the faster than world gets on top of the pandemic, the faster it will return to normal.

“On behalf of everybody in the team, I’d like to thank our fans for their support at this challenging time,” Szafnauer added.

“As soon as it is safe to do so, we will get back to the racing.

“My final thought is to reinforce the government’s advice to stay at home and act responsibly; the more we all follow the guidelines, the quicker we will be back racing.

“It’s important we all stay united through these unusual times and stay safe and healthy.”

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