BWT HWA Racelab

Name: HWA Racelab
Founded:
1999
Based:
Affalterbach, Germany
Founders:
Thomaz Aufrecht and Ulrich Fritz
Team Principals:
Thomaz Aufrecht and Ulrich Fritz
Car Numbers:
16 and 17
Current Drivers:
Artem Markelov and Giuliano Alesi

History
HWA Racelab is the team of HWA AG, which is a vehicle manufacturer for Mercedes-AMG. They took Arden International’s Formula 2 place after they decided to leave the championship. For their first season in Formula 2, they have Artem Markelov, a veteran with currently 6 seasons under his belt, and Giuliano Alesi, who is starting his second season. This is their second year competing in junior formulae instead of Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM).

Notable Drivers
– Bernd Schneider
– Gary Paffett
– Paul di Resta
– Pascal Wehrlein

FIA Formula 2
HWA took over Arden’s place in the championship, taking their assets and entry.

Arden started out in GP2, driving in 2005 with Heikki Kovalainen and Nicolas Lapierre. Heikki finished second in the driver’s title and Nicolas finished 12th. The team ended up 2nd in their debut season for GP2. For the following year, Lapierre was kept and Michael Ammermüller was switched in. Their combined points meant they finished 4th in the standings with them getting 9th and 11th respectively. Their next year had a new lineup with Bruno Senna joining with Adrian Zaugg. HWA ended the season in 7th with Bruno finishing 8th and Adrian finishing 18th. 2008 and 2011 had a range of drivers competing for them like Sébastien Buemi, who finished 6th; Sergio Pérez, finished 12th; Luca Filippi, who classified 19th; Edoardo Mortara, who finished 14th and Charles Pic, who finished 10th. By 2012, they finished 3rd in the standings with Luiz Razia finishing 2nd. The following years had drivers like Tom Dilmann, Mitch Evans, René Binder and Norman Nato.

When GP2 changed to Formula 2, Arden had Frenchman Norman Nato and Indonesian Sean Gelael as their drivers, with Nato taking a win in Baku’s sprint race. He finished 6th in the driver’s standings and Sean finishing 15th, meaning Arden finished 7th in the overall standings behind MP Motorsport. For the following season, Maximilian Günther (who was replaced by Dan Ticktum in the Abu Dhabi round) and Nirei Fukuzumi. Max finished 14th with a win and Nirei finished 17th with Arden classifying at 9th.

The 2019 season had a new lineup with Anthoine Hubert and Tatiana Calderon.

Anthoine had a dedicated racecraft, earning 77 points until he passed away during the Spa-Francorchamps incident on 31st September 2019. Arden raced without another driver in Monza, with deep respect to him and his family’s loss. He will always be remembered in the Formula 2 paddock, part of the Renault Academy and an uprising talent that everyone saw as a prosperous driver.

Artem Markelov was brought into the car in Sochi, driving number 22 as 19 was permanently retired in memory of Anthoine. Arden finished 8th in the championship, with Anthoine finishing 10th, Tatiana in 22nd and Artem in 16th.

Pre-Season Bahrain Testing 2020

2020 FIA Formula 2
For the 2020 season, HWA took over Arden’s entry into Formula 2 with their assets. Their first lineup on the Formula 2 grid will be Russian Artem Markelov, who’s bringing his experience for his 7th season and French Giuliano Alesi, who will be making his second season into Formula 2.