Best of the Rest, Division II, Formula B, Formula 1.5 or whatever you wish to call it, the battle outside the top three teams will be fiercer than ever next year and Racing Point drivers are both on the same page with regards where they want to be on the pecking order come the end of 2019.
Veteran Sergio Perez remains with the Silverstone team for a seventh year while Lance Stroll, son of owner Lawrence Stroll will share a garage for the forthcoming season, both intent on maximising the new energy sweeping through the once stricken team.
In an interview released shortly after the launch of the team’s new and pink RP19, Perez said, “I’m really excited to stay with this team as we begin the new era. We have stability and strong leadership at the top, which is important.”
“It means I can simply focus on the driving and performance. I want us to be the best of the rest once again. I believe in this team and I think we can achieve great things together,” added the 29-year-old.
The team was bought for Stroll junior who suffered at Williams last season and the 20-year-old aims to make amends, “I can see how much potential we have in this team and there’s an incredible buzz in the factory and so much enthusiasm.”
“I always aim high so I want us to be competitive right from the start. It’s way too early to know how we compare to the other teams, but right here today I believe we should be fighting for points in every race.”
“My goal is to get back on the podium in 2019 as well. I’ve seen what this team achieved in the past and it’s a real credit to the people involved. I’m looking forward to making our own history,” added Stroll.