BWT Racing Point team continues impressive start to 2020 season

The BWT Racing Point Formula One team, partnered by Acronis, continued its impressive start to the 2020 Formula One season as Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll finished in sixth and seventh positions respectively at the Styrian Grand Prix.

It was a particularly impressive drive from Mexican Perez, who recovered from 17th on the grid after a difficult wet qualifying session to carve his way through the field with some impressive overtakes and repeat his sixth place finish of the previous Sunday.

“The team did a fantastic job today: the strategy was good and the car had strong pace,” said Perez in his team’s post race press release. “We managed to achieve our goal of recovering positions and managed to drive all the way to P5 ­– almost P4 at the end. I was pushing Alex Albon hard through the second stint and I only had the one opportunity to overtake him. Unfortunately, we touched, and I lost a position and finished in P6.

“The important thing is that we made a good step from last weekend to this weekend at the same circuit. Considering the car is a new concept this year, we’ve shown that we are still learning and trying to understand it. I’m excited to go racing in Hungary next weekend.”

For teammate Stroll, after the disappointment of a technical DNF whilst running strongly last time out, it was vindication of the strength of the Racing Point package and the form the Canadian has shown thus far.

“We started the race strongly and settled into it quickly, making up some places,” said Stroll. “We managed to close in on the Renaults ahead too. The second stint was a little trickier and it was very difficult to pass Daniel Ricciardo ­because he was strong on the entry and exit of Turn 1. But I was patient and I saw an opportunity to pass him on the final lap and made the move stick.

“That was such an exciting end to the race and I hope the fans at home enjoyed it as much as we did. The car was competitive today and we performed strongly against our rivals. That’s promising for the coming races.”

Fraser Masefield

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