Technical Director Reveals How Coronavirus and Scrapped Races Has Affected Racing Point and Their Plans

Published 06/22/2020, 5:45 AM EDT


The 2020 F1 season is all set to kick-off in Austria in a couple of weeks time. With a condensed schedule and at best, only a 15 race season (only 8 have been confirmed thus far) teams may not look to focus on too many upgrades this season. Instead they are more likely to work on the development of next season’s car. At least that’s what the plan is for Racing Point.

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Racing Point may not bring in more than one significant upgrade package to their 2020 car

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Racing Point’s technical director, Andrew Green was in conversation with RaceFans.net. Green spoke on how the late start to the season has thrown their initial development plans all awry. He said, “We had a big review of our development strategy since we got back (and) we got visibility of the calendar. Things like where we are racing. Are we racing at Monza? Are we racing at Spa? Those two tracks require specific packages to go with them. Are we racing at Monaco? (whether we’ll introduce upgrades) the answer to that was ‘no’ quite quickly.”

“(Usually) at this time of the year, as we get into June, July, our focus is always turning towards next year’s car.” Adds Green. However, he agrees that this year the situation is obviously different because the season has not even begun yet. Nevertheless, he confirmed that the original upgrade package that was scheduled for Barcelona in the previous (original) calendar will still be bestowed upon the RP20.

We had a set of updates that were going to come through, which was for the old race six, the old Barcelona timeframe. All we do is we have moved that by nine weeks. So we’ll still be targeting that update which is probably going to be mid-season of the new season.” Said Green. He also said that they’ll be focusing on next season’s car as they attempt to change the ‘rear floor’ to adhere to the regulations.

This will be Racing Point’s last season before they turn into Aston Martin Racing. They’ll be hoping to challenge for the ‘best of the rest’ title this season and will be hoping to finish higher than 7th in this season’s constructors’ championship.

 

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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