Key facts and figures from our 2019 Formula 1 season
The 2019 season was a landmark campaign in Formula 1. With 21 races spanning 10 months, the sport’s 69th season - and the last of the decade - concluded in December for the first time since 1963.
With high-octane racing dominating the season, we were at the heart of the action – with Checo and Lance advancing by a combined total of 104 positions from the grid to the flag over the course of the year.
Thanks in no small part to these inroads, we racked up a strong haul of points – finishing inside the top 10 in 14 of the 21 races [including P9 in F1’s landmark 1,000th Grand Prix] while tallying 17 points-paying results in total to secure 73 points and P7 in the Constructors’ Championship.
We completed some extensive running too, recording a total of 8,386 laps from Australia to Abu Dhabi – the equivalent of driving 42,625km, or once around the world and some! And with a combined total of 352 corners comprising the 21 circuits on the 2019 Formula 1 calendar, Checo and Lance navigated a total of 139,717 turns en route.
This kind of mileage inevitably places high stress on the cars – but despite this, our RP19 machines held up like true warriors. Our gearboxes, for example, completed approximately 400,000 gear changes alone this season – and on only two occasions did either of our cars fail to finish a race due to a mechanical issue.
Such longevity is a testament to the endless hard work from team back at home at Silverstone. Without the whole Racing Point family, we wouldn’t be where we are today – and it was through sheer determination that we consistently improved, while an opportunistic approach to racing led to some of our best performances of the year.
On the pit wall, strategy calls have to be made in the blink of an eye and can instantly make or break a race. Over the course of 2019, we completed a total of 62 race pit stops, utilising one-stop strategies on eight occasions.
It was in Britain and Germany, however, that our pit crews were at their busiest, with these back-to-back races producing 10 pit stops [five in each]. It was through this approach to variable conditions in the latter that we recorded our best finish – P4 with Lance.
While Lance delivered a set of impressive starts – gaining a mighty 69 places on the first lap alone over the season – Checo also showcased his speed to end his ninth season in Formula 1 with a set of special stats.
At his home race in Mexico, Checo recorded his 100th points finish in Formula 1 and also clocked our highest top speed of the season at just over 359km/h.
The 52 points that Checo scored over the year also added significantly to his overall career tally, which now stands at 587. He’s now one of only 17 out of a possible 774 drivers to have recorded over 550 points in Formula 1!
2019 has been a pretty big year for us and, as 2020 approaches, we can’t wait to build upon our successes further. With 22 races forming what will be F1’s longest season to date, we’ll be ready to continue the fight when the green flag waves at Albert Park in Australia!