Formula 1: Racing Point to continue as Force India successors

Force India car from the 2018 Championship
The Force India team name will be absent from the grid for the first time since 2007

Racing Point will continue as the successors to the now defunct Force India for the 2019 F1 Championship, which starts in Australia on 17 March.

Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll acquired Force India when it fell into administration in July, initially calling it 'Racing Point Force India'.

Stroll had said in December that the name was only a temporary one.

His son Lance will drive for the Silverstone-based team this season after two years with Williams.

The official entry list also confirmed a driver number for the returning Robert Kubica, among others.

The Williams car of Polish driver Kubica, who has not competed since 2010, will carry the number 88, while 20-year-old British team-mate George Russell will have 63 on his car.

Fellow British driver Lando Norris, 19, who replaces Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren will have the number four on his car.