While ROKit dominated the conversation following Williams unveiling of its ‘toothpaste’ livery on Monday, it was only when Racing Point revealed its version 48 hours later that it became clear the Silverstone-based outfit has snared two of the Grove outfit’s sponsors.
Though last week Williams announced a partnership with James Harvest Sportswear, Hackett, the British menswear retailer, and JCB, the multinational corporation which manufactures equipment for construction, agriculture, waste handling and demolition, have clearly jumped ship from Grove to Silverstone.
Speaking at the Toronto livery unveiling, Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer made a point of reading out most of the sponsors logos seen on the car, making it clear that there is still room for more.
Meanwhile, the team that already has a reputation for punching well above its weight, even when it was in financial turmoil, delighted fans when it became clear that BWT (Best Water Technology) has continued its partnership and therefore the cars remain pink.
Indeed, at a time BWT has confirmed that it has extended its association with the Silverstone-based team, it’s worth remembering that the situation was so dire at Force India last year, before the team went into administration, that the water technology company had to make two loans to the team “of £757,000 and €535,000 to assist with its cash flow” and subsequently lent the team a further £5m to cover its July wages bill.