Educational race weekend for BWT HWA RACELAB in Silverstone

In the fifth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship in Silverstone, BWT HWA RACELAB battled with pace once again and missed out on the points. However, Artem Markelov (Russia) moved up the field well in the race on Sunday, inspiring hope. And even though it wasn’t reflected in the results, Giuliano Alesi (France) also showed his potential.

  • 16th and 20th place for Giuliano Alesi, 19th and 11th place for Artem Markelov
  • Giuliano Alesi: “We will keep working hard.”
  • Artem Markelov: “I think that we will be more competitive in Barcelona.”
  • Thomas Strick: “We need to keep on consistently looking for solutions.”

Silverstone, 09 August 2020 – In qualifying on Friday, the BWT HWA RACELAB drivers were off the field’s top times like at previous race weekends. This saw Artem Markelov (Russia) and Giuliano Alesi (France) qualify in 17th and 19th on the grid.

On Saturday, Artem initially started well on the 5.891-kilometre Silverstone Circuit, moving up into 13th place from the start. But he didn’t have the necessary pace after that and dropped down behind his team-mate. As the race went on, he was overtaken several times and was in 20th place shortly before the end of the race, with the field having completed all pit stops. Artem ended up crossing the finish line in 19th place.

Artem performed well in the race on Sunday. Reacting quickly at the start, from 19th on the grid he moved past several of his rivals to take 13th place on lap two. Compared with the day before, Artem drove consistent lap times this time and was able to maintain his rhythm. He crossed the finish line in eleventh place, which saw him move up eight places during the race.

Giuliano had things slightly easier than his team-mate on Saturday with hard tyres, but he was also slightly off the pace of the rest of the field. He finally entered the pit on lap 20. He returned to the track in position 18 and hinted at his potential once again. With fresh tyres, he moved up the field and attacked the previous weekend’s winner, Dan Ticktum (DAMS), on the final lap. He ended up only just losing this duel, and finished the race in 16th place.

Then on Sunday it was Giuliano who had problems with the tyre set-up. He couldn’t find the pace at all during the race and dropped down from 16th on the grid into position 20. He pitted shortly before the end of the race, having fresh tyres put on the car. These allowed him to show what he is actually capable of and he set the fastest race lap at one point. However, he was unable to close the gap between him and the drivers ahead of him, and Giuliano crossed the finish line in 20th place.

The FIA Formula 2 Championship continues with two races in Barcelona on 15th and 16th August.

Quotes from the race weekend

Artem Markelov (25, Russia, car number 16), 19th and 11th place
“I’m happy with Sunday’s race. We found a solution for the issues we had with the tyre temperature after the race on Saturday, which had an immediate impact on Sunday. I made up a lot of places, it was a great race. Now I feel positive looking ahead to Barcelona and think that we will be more competitive as of the free practice session. With the improved set-up it should be possible to finish in the points in the next races.”

Giuliano Alesi (20, France, start number 17), 16th and 20th place
“Unfortunately, the weekend didn’t go as we had hoped. We didn’t have the pace at all throughout the weekend. As a team we need to find a solution for this problem. But I’m looking forward to Barcelona now. We will keep working hard and see what comes from that.”

Thomas Strick (team principal BWT HWA RACELAB)
“An educational weekend for us that could have a positive effect looking ahead to the next races. We made a change to the tyre management on Sunday, which paid off immediately for Artem. That was a huge difference compared with the previous races. Giuliano also proved that he can drive fast lap times. If we keep working so hard as a team and consistently look for solutions like we did this weekend, we will be on the right track.”

 

Results 1st race, Saturday 08 August:
1.   C. Ilott                                      UNI-Virtuosi                              51:12.407
16. Giuliano Alesi                            BWT HWA RACELAB                  51:55.659
19. Artem Markelov                        BWT HWA RACELAB                  52:26.600                                      

Results 2nd race, Sunday 09 August:
1. Y. Tsunoda                                   Carlin                                         36:15.140
11. Artem Markelov                          BWT HWA RACELAB                   36:48.826
20. Giuliano Alesi                             BWT HWA RACELAB                   37:46.688

 

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.

About HWA RACELAB
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.

 

Annette Hörsch
Media

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