Ralf Aron is a 22 year old Estonian who is apart of the Formula Regional Prema Powerteam. Ralf, alongside his brother Paul, are well known within the motorsport community and the Aron name is commonly talked about. While Paul still races, after being signed to the Mercedes Junior Programme, Ralf took a different walk in the sport.
According to the Driver Database, Aron started karting in 2010. His first known win was the 2010 Raket Estonian Championship before winning the 2012 Rotax Junior Estonian Championship. He went on to finish 2nd in the 2013 Rotax Junior Estonian Championship before making the move to Formula Renault in 2014.
Joining Scuderia Nordica, Ralf competed in the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC, Nordic and NEZ as well as the Italian Formula 4 Winter Trophy with Prema Powerteam. He took second in the NEC and New, sixth in the Nordic and won the Formula 4 Trophy. Across the four series, he took a total of eleven wins, seven pole positions, twelve fastest laps and seventeen podiums. He stuck with Prema Powerteam for the 2015 season where he entered the Italian Formula 4 and the ADA Formula 4 Championships. Aron took nine wins and a further four podiums with seven pole positions for the Italian F4 and went on to win the championship. His time in the ADAC F4 wasn’t as successful as he took one win and a further three podiums to finish ninth but he had a very successful year overall.
Between 2016 and 2017; Aron join MRF Racing where he competed in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000. Out of twelve races, he took a win and seven podiums to finish 5th. From there, Aron made his move to Formula 3.
Aron began competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Prema in 2016. In his rookie year, he took a win and a podium to finish seventh with 166 points. He made the move from Prema to Hitech for his second year in the sport but only managed two wins and a ninth overall. In 2017, he also made his Macau Grand Prix debut. He joined Van Amersfoort Racing where he finished 3rd. 2018 was the final year that the Estonian raced in where he returned with Prema, who were known as Prema Theodore Racing, at the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. He took four wins and a further four podiums to finish sixth in the standings. He also returned to Macau with SJM Theodore Racing by Prema where he finished 6th once again.
As I mentioned previously, Aron took a different route. He quit racing in 2018 which left everybody wondering when they’d next see the Estonian. In 2019, he popped up once again to let everybody know that he would be competing with Prema Powerteam in Europe during 2019. The twist; he wasn’t in a driving seat. Aron currently studies International Management and Finance while working a summer job as a team manager of Prema’s Formula Regional European Team. It was announced in 2020 that Aron would continue on his job as a team manager for this season alongside is final year of University.
You may have seen Aron take to the podium in the FIA Formula 3 Championship debut weekend in Austria this year when Piastri and Sargeant took a one-two. This was because the coronavirus has created social bubbles, meaning Rene Rosin was unable to do both Formula 2 and 3. Aron was called in to cover Formula 3 so he could focus on Formula 2.