15 september 2020 – Racing Point stands for a race against time to provide both cars with the latest package of upgrades in more than a week and a half in Russia. The reason for this is the heavy crash of Lance Stroll during the Grand Prix of Tuscany.
Lance Stroll was in a neat fourth position in the first ever F1 race at Mugello and had a view of then number three Daniel Ricciardo, when he crashed hard in Arrabbiata 2 after about three quarters of the race. The accident was most likely caused by a blowout. The Racing Point driver slid over the gravel and hit the tire stacks hard, causing major damage to the RP20. A tough blow for the Silverstone-based team, as Stroll was the only rider in the stable to come into action with the latest upgrades.
Those upgrades included new sidepods, a new floor, a new front wing, a new bonnet and new brake ducts. However, the new parts have been written off due to the Stroll crash. Racing Point now faces the challenge to provide Stroll and Sergio Perez with the new parts in a week and a half in Russia. For this, the racing team has to work hard: the production process must be accelerated, so that all parts are shipped to Sochi on time. “We have a lot of work to do to make enough parts so that they can both run the upgrades in Russia,” team principal Otmar Szafnauer told Sky Sports F1.
The fact that Stroll was able to compete for the podium at Mugello gives Racing Point confidence that the new parts will really deliver the expected step forward. “It’s hard to figure out,” said Szafnauer about the difference in lap time between the old and new Racing Point package. “The upgrade should yield two to three tenths, which is exactly what the speed difference was.” Those two to three tenths could be vital in the battle for third place among the manufacturers. Racing Point is currently in fourth place in that championship, fourteen points behind number three McLaren.
In collaboration with F1 reporter Jonathan Noble