Force India - new owner, same name...for now

Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) (AFP) –


They may have a new owner, a revised team name and new mid-season entry in the championship, but Racing Point Force India?s new boss wants their fans to stick with the team?s old image and name.

Otmar Szafnauer said he wanted continuity despite the Silverstone-based outfit?s takeover by a consortium, led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, who took Force India out of administration by buying their assets.

?The chassis name remains Force India,? he told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday.

"It?s the same car, same sponsors, same people and same assets that were purchased and I think continuity of name is something the Formula One Group want so that it doesn?t confuse the fans.

"If the car looks the same and has the same sponsors and same people and same drivers, but you call it something different, that can be a bit confusing.

"So we will stay Force India until the end of the year and then decide what to call it thereafter.?

The rebirth of the team was sanctioned by the sport?s governing body the FIA on Thursday when their mid-season entry was approved, but without inheriting the constructors championship points scored by the team under previous owners.

Force India were sixth with 59 points before the change of owner, but are now bottom of the championship.

"I?m confident we can recover,? said Szafnauer. "We have a good car, the same drivers and a good team."