Sergio Perez, Force India, Circuit of the Americas, 2018

Force India planning new name for 2019 season

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Force India is planning to change its name for the 2019 F1 season, team principal Otmar Szafnauer has confirmed.

The team was taken over by a consortium headed by Lawrence Stroll during the summer break, after it went into administration. It re-entered the sport under the title Racing Point Force India, though its constructor name remained Force India.

“We are making those plans,” Szafnauer confirmed in response to a question from RaceFans. He said the final name hasn’t been decided but it will be chosen “well in time” to be approved by the F1 Commission.

The team had considered a name change before its sale. Szafnauer believes it will be “easier” to settle on a name following the change of ownership.

“I think in the last year some of the considerations were around selling the team. That bit of it’s taken away. We just have to come up with the right name that will last a long time.”

Force India originally entered the team as Jordan in 1991. It went through three changes of names after Eddie Jordan sold his team, becoming Midland, Spyker and finally Force India in consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2008.

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  • 19 comments on “Force India planning new name for 2019 season”

    1. May i propose ‘The Bay City Strollers’?

      1. Piggyback Racing

    2. S&P Racing (not Standard and Poor’s) seems apt considering the financials.

    3. Title sponsor could be Daddies (tomato ketchup etc.)

    4. Vettel fan 17 (@)
      20th October 2018, 14:15

      Strolling to Victory F1 team or STV for short

    5. I vote for Strength South Asia, it’d be more inclusive.

        1. Yes, I noted it and I wanted to add it, but don’t know how to edit. :P

    6. I like force India. Maybe because I am Indian, I will always remember force India as a team who hooked me up in F1 since fisicella’s awesome quali performance in spa.

    7. Whatever it is just make it a bit more interesting than ‘Racing Point’…

    8. Bruce McLaren F1 and run in Papaya orange livery. F1 needs more controversies.

    9. The just-published sporting regulations state quite clearly that

      Applications to compete in the Championship may be submitted to the FIA during the period 21 October to 1 November…

      (section 8.1).
      The application includes the name of the team, make of the car, make of the engine, and names of drivers.

      Side note: It would be nice if the articles that are basically carbon-copies of what all the other sites have would be flagged as such, in order to differentiate from the actual quality content produced “in-house”.

    10. Jordan F1, please?

      1. Painted bright yellow with black sidepods and an anteater painted on the nose, pretty please

    11. Force Achangeinownership?

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