The FIA this week approved the Racing Point Force India teams entry in to the championship, starting as a new entity, on zero points, with Sahara Force india excluded from the championship, due to it’s inability to complete the season.
A rather frank statement from the FIA read; “Following a disciplinary investigation and prosecution by the FIA under Article 4 of the FIA’s Judicial and Disciplinary Rules, the Sahara Force India F1 Team has accepted its exclusion from the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship with immediate effect, due to its incapacity to comply with Article 8.2 of the Sporting Regulations moving forward, and forfeits all Constructors Championship points under Article 6.2.”
Race drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon will, however, keep their points in the drivers’ standings.
Formula 1 Chairman and CEO Chase Carey said to the Formula 1 website: “We are very pleased that the situation around Racing Point Force India has been resolved and that the team will continue to race in Formula 1″.
FIA President Jean Todt added; “I am very pleased that a strong, positive outcome has been reached and welcome the mid-season entry of Racing Point Force India”.
The new ownership was finalised on Thursday [16th August], when a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll, father of Williams racer Lance, under the name Racing Point UK Limited, agreed terms. The team appointed Otmar Szafnauer as Team Principal and CEO, with Deputy Team Priciple Robert Fernley standing down from his role. The remainder of the team’s senior management remains unchanged.
In a statement on the Racing Point Force India website, Lawrence said; “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”.
While Otmar Szafnauer added: “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.”