Stroll excited as new Racing Point unveils new car

Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez observe the Racing Point car for 2019

Lance Stroll has joined Sergio Perez at Racing Point for the 2019 season

Force India finished fourth in the constructors' championship in both 2016 and 2017 and would have beaten Renault to fourth previous year as well had they not been forced to start from zero points again at the Belgian Grand Prix because they were a new legal entity following Stroll's takeover.

Racing Point's actual 2019 vehicle, to be known as the RP19, will be seen for the first time on the opening day of winter testing at Barcelona on Monday. "Those pressures have been lifted thanks to the consortium as well as our partners", said team principal Otmar Szafnauer. "It's a very exciting journey that lies ahead of us".

His jump from Williams to Racing Point has been a family affair.

Stroll will be paired with the experienced Sergio Perez, who keeps his seat in the team following its transition from Force India.

Says Stroll: "I'll do my talking on the track". We're putting the building blocks in place, and it's important to take a good step forward in 2019.

Clarification - February 14, 2019: This article was edited from a previous version to make clear that SportPesa Racing Point F1 team's new racing auto will make its debut at the Spanish GP in May.

The Silverstone-based outfit officially entered the championship mid-2018 due to the convoluted manner in which the Lawrence Stroll-led takeover occurred, though it was ostensibly the same Force India outfit that finished fourth across 2016/17, with a history dating back to 1991 beginning with Jordan Grand Prix.

"We want to be fighting for podiums and aim for a strong top-four finish". "We want to make our own history with this team".

What's changing on the Formula 1 2019 cars?

Despite the ditching of the "Force India" brand, Racing Point have retained some characteristics of the former team's guise including their pink colour scheme which has proven popular on the grid since its 2017 introduction. When you consider the level of competition that is in the midfield, with such big teams around, big manufacturers, it isn't going to be easy, but this team has done it before.

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