Force India to lose all WCC points, as Liberty Media and FIA try to find middle ground between Force India and rival teams.
Force India has been put under a very tumultuous situation by its rival teams. While Lawrence Stroll and his consortium saved the team from getting shut down, its rivals have posed a new problem.
According to the legal matters surrounding the entire situation, Lawrence Stroll and his consortium have acquired all assets of the team, but the entry name hasn’t been ‘bought’ by Stroll.
Thus, in order to get an entry to the rest of the grand prix this season, Force India will have to undergo a name change, which would then result in the team losing out on the prize money for this year.
The prospect of starting under a new team name isn’t quite possible for the new investors as they would be losing out on a massive sum of revenue.
Now, in order to receive the prize money, Force India needs to get the signature of all teams involved and that has not been agreed on by Williams, McLaren and Renault.
Rival teams fear that Force India could become the Mercedes B team and thus overtake them in a huge way in the coming years.
FIA have proposed a middle ground, wherein Force India loses all its constructor’s championship points from this season, but is allowed to participate in the prize distribution.
Thus, Force India will have to start from scratch this season and all its points would be done away with.
The payout will thus be a lower one, but at least there will be a payout.
Also, if the teams agree to this middleground, we would see a massive change in the driver combinations before Monza, with Stroll moving to Force India, Kubica driving for Williams and Ocon moving to McLaren.
Liberty tries to get all teams to agree to a new Force India rescue plan. The deal would erase all WCC points from the first 12 races. And it would likely cause a driver rotation at Monza: Stroll -> Force India, Kubica -> Williams, Ocon -> McLaren.
— Tobi Grüner 🏁 (@tgruener) August 23, 2018
Will the teams agree to this middle ground? More on this later…