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Why misfortune has masked Racing Point's dark horse

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Although Renault has protested the legality of Racing Point's RP20, the car pejoratively referred to as the "Pink Mercedes" has yet to deliver on its promise. But there's much more to it than meets the eye.

Context, in Formula 1, is everything. In the previous two seasons, the Racing Point squad would have snatched a sixth-and-seventh result from your hand - but in the year 2020, the team will make the trudge from Austria to Hungary presumably disappointed.

In 2018, the Force India squad was close to hitting the wall before Lawrence Stroll's consortium of backers rescued the team, and it was still arguably suffering from that financial hangover in 2019 as development was severely stunted. In that context, being well among the points with both cars would have been lauded as a victory.

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