HWA RACELAB signs Giuliano Alesi for its Formula 2 team

HWA RACELAB will have a big name on board when it takes on the challenge that is the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Giuliano Alesi (France), son of former Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi, will occupy one of the seats. The member of the Ferrari Driver Academy switches from his current Formula 2 team, Trident, to the team from Affalterbach.

  • Giuliano Alesi: "I am overjoyed to be part of this impressive company."
  • Ulrich Fritz: "It is nice to see a continuation of the relationship between Alesi and HWA."

Affalterbach, 28th November 2019 – Dad, Jean Alesi, once drove for HWA. Between 2002 and 2005, the experienced Formula 1 driver plied his trade for the Mercedes-AMG factory team in the DTM, which was managed by HWA. His son, Giuliano, is now following in his father's footsteps and taking one of the two HWA RACELAB seats in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The 20-year-old showed his talent at an early age: As a 15-year-old, he won on his Formula racing debut in the 2015 French Formula 4 Championship. One year later, on the back of a further two victories in the junior series, he was accepted into the Ferrari Driver Academy, in which the Scuderia supports talented motor racers on their path to a potential career in Formula 1.

Alesi consistently made progress on the single-seater scene: In 2016, he moved to the Trident team in the GP3 series. He was one of the top drivers in 2017 and 2018, winning four races and finishing fifth and seventh in the overall standings. He then switched to Trident's Formula 2 team in 2019. His best result this season was seventh place in Monza.

Alesi's team-mate in the second cockpit will be Artem Markelov (Russia). From 5th to 7th December, the duo will attend the Formula 2 post-season tests in Abu Dhabi for HWA RACELAB.

Giuliano Alesi (20, France)
"I would like to thank HWA AG for the magnificent reception and for the faith they are putting in me. I am overjoyed to be part of this impressive company. All the employees are already highly motivated and I am looking forward to working with a great team - that is the most important thing for me. I cannot describe how I feel at the moment - I am over the moon." 

Ulrich Fritz, CEO HWA AG
"We are delighted to have acquired Giuliano. The relationship between Alesi and HWA was a successful one in the DTM. It is nice to see a continuation of that relationship in Formula 2. There is no doubting Giuliano's enormous talent - it is not without good reason that he is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy. He fits almost perfectly into our approach, which is to support young drivers on their route to Formula 1."

About Giuliano Alesi:
Born:                          20th September 1999 in Avignon
Career:                       2015 French Formula 4 Championship (3 wins)
                                   2016 – 2018 GP3 series, Trident (4 wins)
                                   2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, Trident 

About HWA AG
HWA AG is an independent, 360° engineering specialist in the fields of automobile racing and high-performance cars. Formed in 1998 by Hans Werner Aufrecht, the company is based in Affalterbach (Germany) and employs roughly 300 highly-qualified members of staff. HWA AG offers all its products and services under the motto ENGINEERING SPEED: The company’s objective is to develop the best possible, high-quality solutions, in order to get its partners and customers to their destination quicker. The portfolio of services ranges from designing all vehicle components to assembling complete cars, together with the relevant logistics, after-sales and support services.

HWA RACELAB is HWA AG’s operations team in motorsport. It brings together experienced specialists in high-quality race engineering and the associated services, in pursuit of success on the motorsport scene. HWA RACELAB entered Formula E as a new team in the 2018/19 season, adding a future-oriented string to HWA’s wealth of racetrack expertise. HWA RACELAB has also been competing in the FIA Formula 3 Championship since 2019 and will be appearing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship from 2020. With eleven Drivers’ titles and over 180 race wins as a works team for Mercedes-AMG in the DTM, the company is one of the most successful players in international motorsport. HWA RACELAB also draws on the company’s other core areas of expertise, such as the development, assembly and running of GT cars for customer racing, as well as the assembly of Formula 3 race engines.


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