Racing Point UK acquires Force India Formula One Team

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Racing Point Force India F1 Team will make its debut at the Belgian Grand Prix following the acquisition of the Force India Formula One Team by Racing Point UK. Finalized on Thursday August 16, the new ownership sees the investors – led by Lawrence Stroll – secure the future of the team.

The investors are Canadian entrepreneur Andre Desmarais, Jonathan Dudman of Monaco Sports and Management, fashion business leader John Idol, telecommunications investor John McCaw Jr, financial expert Michael de Picciotto, businessman Lawrence Stroll and his business partner Silas Chou.

Racing Point UK Limited has appointed Otmar Szafnauer as team principal and CEO with immediate effect. Szafnauer has been with Force India since 2010 as chief operating officer.

The team’s deputy team principal, Robert Fernley, will stand down from his role. The remainder of the senior management team remains unchanged.

For the rest of the 2018 season the cars will compete as Racing Point Force India F1 Team in pink, white and blue.

“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,” explained Stroll.

“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 recognize the racers’ spirit in Force India, and we are extremely motivated to make this team even more special in the years ahead.”

“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, said Szafnauer.

“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 10 years and recognize the support of the previous shareholders for making Force India what it is today.”

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