The Force India name will disappear from Grand Prix racing next season - the newly Lawrence Stroll acquired team rebranding under the Racing Point title from 2019.
Having lost control of the outfit amid a sea of controversy in his home county of India, former Force India owner Vijay Mallaya recently relinquished ownership of the former Jordan / Spyker / Midland team earlier this year, selling out to a consortium of businessmen headed by billionaire Canadian Lawrence Stroll, in the process forfeiting the teams constructor points up to that point in the season before returning under the Racing Point Force India name.
Having at the time suggested the team would run under an entirely new entity for next season, following publication of the 2019 Formula One entry list on Friday, it looks like the exceptionally uninspired decision to become Racing Point for 2019, a name that is most certainly one of the less exotic of the current grid has been agreed.
As well as confirming the branding refresh next year, the Silverstone based outfit have also formally completed the signing of Lance Stroll on a long term deal, the 20-year-old third year driver partnering up with current team leader Sergio Perez for the team. With Esteban Ocon now secured as a Mercedes third driver, and Stroll having already sampled the Racing Point car during a Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi, it is thought that the deal to sign Stroll has been secured for some time, with the team just awaiting the right moment to formally make the announcement.
With the Racing Point seat now confirmed, 2019 will see just two teams (Mercedes and Haas) carry over their driver partnerships to 2019, marking out 2018 as one of the most action packed driver markets in recent years.
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