Racing Point Force India F1 Team principal Otmar Szafnauer says the Autodromo Nazionale Monza should suit their car and hopes they can continue their momentum from Spa-Francorchamps.
After the team’s future was in doubt after the Silverstone based team was placed into administration, Force India returned to F1 under new ownership and a new entry as Racing Point Force India, with the team reset with no points.
F1’s new owners Liberty Media and the F1 teams were supportive in Force India’s transaction under new ownership and entry for the season.
Force India’s team principal Otmar Szafnauer says the support of the FIA, Liberty Media and the teams helped them complete the transaction for Belgium.
“The last few weeks have been a period of transition for the team, but with the support of the Commercial Rights Holder, the FIA, and our fellow competitors we returned to competition in Spa.
Getting some points on the board was the priority and to come away with fifth and sixth places was a wonderful reward for the entire team.
Both Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon shocked everyone by starting on the second row for the race, in their first race under new ownership.
The two drivers even had a battle for the lead with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap, before finishing the race in fifth and sixth.
Szafnauer says the result in Spa goes down to the credit of the whole team and the site of their drivers battling for the lead will cherish.
“The new ownership gives us a welcome injection of stability and investment. We retain a wonderful group of people working back at base and trackside, and with the off-track distractions now behind us we can concentrate on doing what we do best – building cars and going racing,
“Our performance level in Spa was a real credit to the entire team. The sight of Esteban and Sergio challenging for the lead on lap one is an image that we will cherish.”
F1 heads to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where the car would suit them for it’s high speed nature and heavy braking zones that comes with the 3.6 mile circuit.
Szafnauer says with the new investment and stability, updates to the car will be introduced in time for the Singapore Grand Prix.
“We head to Monza determined to deliver more points. We need to keep up the momentum from Spa. Monza is all about top speed and stability on the brakes, and I think it will play to our strengths,” Szafnauer continued.
“Looking further ahead, we have more performance to introduce to the car over the next few events, hopefully starting from Singapore.”