Stroll Highlights his Designs for Racing Point F1

Published 12/02/2018, 12:40 PM EST


Lawrence Stroll is in Formula 1 to break the stranglehold of the top three teams in F1. He wants to see Racing Point F1 be the team to do so.

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Speaking with New York Times in Brazil, Stroll Sr said: “With the right funding, the right leadership, the right motivation, there’s no reason we shouldn’t have high expectations,”

“[We should] be able to punch even higher above our weight, to hopefully be fighting for that third place.”

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Since 2016, the erstwhile Force India bagged the ‘best of the rest’ fourth place in the constructors’ championship. But it was typically a lonely fourth place.

After a change in ownership turned their points back to zero, they finished the season at sixth this year under the name Rising Point Force India.

The team was saved from the brink of bankruptcy by a timely order of administration and eventually saved by a consortium led by billionaire Lawrence Stroll.

Lawrence Stroll

In 2019, the team will be known as Rising Point F1. Now that all its financial trouble is behind them, the outfit is keen to take back its place and climb up even further. Lance Stroll will be joining Sergio Perez in the racing squad from next year.

Stroll Sr insists he did not invest in the team to help his son’s racing career or for the sake of his ego.

“I’m not in this for ego,” he stated. “I’m not in this to lose money. I’m in this for the long term, as I have been with every other business I’ve owned, be it Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors or whoever.” So, the bottom line is that he won’t pour in money like what the top three teams do and hopes the budget cap will bring them to an equal footing soon.

“It’s no secret there’s going to be some sort of a budget cap and better cash distribution to the smaller teams,” Stroll explained.

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“That is still to be clarified how well that works out,” he continued. “But there are all the right rumblings.”

Stroll has been around the series for many years, having started as an investor at Williams. He has a good relationship with Formula 1’s new chairman Chase Carey after Liberty Media brought out the rights to the series.

“I’ve had enough conversations with Chase to understand that is the direction they want and need to take the business,” he said.

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“For me, that spells financial opportunity – and looking at 2021 onwards, a profitable business opportunity.”

Perez and Stroll will be teammates in 2019 in a brand new team

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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