Racing Point F1’s 2020 chassis successfully passed its FIA-supervised crash test last week, paving the way for the RP20’s homologation.
The Silverstone-based outfit sent its 2020 car to the Cranfield Impact Centre in Bedfordshire, England, where it underwent the stringent evaluations that involve dynamic, static load and rollover tests.
Racing Point is believed to be the first F1 team to receive the 2020 certification for its chassis designed under the guidance of technical director Andy Green.
Alfa Romeo Racing also recently submitted its car to the mandatory crash test, using the FIA-approved facility in Bollate, near Milan.
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However, reports allege that the Swiss outfit’s 2020 tub suffered a set-back during the frontal dynamic impact verification, forcing the team’s crews to prepare a second for the test.
Racing Point endured a difficult 2019 season, the pink squad finishing the year seventh in the Constructors’ standings, a status quo compared to 2018.
But the Lawrence Stroll-owned team is expecting to achieve a big step forward in 2020 as it reaps the benefits of the significant changes that were executed last year by the outfit’s new owner.
“We’ve improved a lot,” said Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer, quoted by RaceFans.net.
“I think we’re up to the same level as everybody else. Manufacturing improvements, we’ve hired people. There’s a lot of things we’ve done that are now better.
“That should bode well for 2020.”