Force India name no longer from 2019 F1 season

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 2nd December, 2018 - 8:05am

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The Racing Point Force India cars in their first round under that identity, in Belgium

The Force India moniker will no longer appear in Formula 1 in 2019, the release of the official FIA entry list reveals.

Force India will, moving forward, be known as ‘Racing Point F1 Team’, ending a run of just over a decade for the former identity.

After the assets of the financially-troubled entity was bought by a Lawrence Stroll-led consortium, new entries were issued on eve of the Belgian Grand Prix.

The process saw the team effectively renamed ‘Racing Point Force India’, owing to a regulatory requirement for the entry to reflect that of the chassis and therefore be considered a constructor.

Force India became so named in 2008, after Indian businessman Vijay Mallya bought the Spyker team, which traced its lineage to Jordan via Midland.

Other notable names changes include those of ‘Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow’ and ‘Rich Energy Haas F1 Team’ due to new title sponsorships, while Red Bull Racing’s engines will be badged as Hondas.

In terms of rookie car numbers, Lando Norris has selected #4, George Russell #63, and Antonio Giovinazzi #99, while recent Toro Rosso signing Alexander Albon’s is still TBA.

Robert Kubica, whose last F1 race pre-dated the system whereby drivers pick their own numbers, has opted for #88.

Formula 1 2019 entry list

Car no. Driver’s name Company name Team name Name of chassis Name of engine
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes
77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes Mercedes
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SPA Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari Ferrari
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SPA Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari Ferrari
33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Limited Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing Honda
10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Limited Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing Honda
3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault Sport Racing Limited Renault F1 Team Renault Renault
27 Nicolas Hulkenberg Renault Sport Racing Limited Renault F1 Team Renault Renault
8 Romain Grosjean Haas Formula LLC Rich Energy Haas F1 Team Haas Ferrari
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Formula LLC Rich Energy Haas F1 Team Haas Ferrari
55 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren Racing Limited McLaren F1 Team McLaren Renault
4 Lando Norris McLaren Racing Limited McLaren F1 Team McLaren Renault
11 Sergio Perez Mendoza Racing Point UK Limited Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point Mercedes
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point UK Limited Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point Mercedes
7 Kimi Raikkonen Sauber Motorsport AG Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber Ferrari
99 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber Motorsport AG Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber Ferrari
26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso S.P.A Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Scuderia Toro Rosso (STR14) Honda
TBA Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso S.P.A Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Scuderia Toro Rosso (STR14) Honda
63 George Russell Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited Williams Racing Williams Mercedes
88 Robert Kubica Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited Williams Racing Williams Mercedes

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