Deledda and Nannini line up in Formula 2 for HWA RACELAB in 2021

A duo of Italian drivers will contest the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship for HWA RACELAB. Alessio Deledda and Matteo Nannini will be behind the wheel for the team from Affalterbach in the highest Formula racing series for young drivers. Nannini will compete on two fronts in the 2021 season, as he lines up for HWA RACELAB in both Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3.

  • Alessio Deledda: "I am excited to be participating in such a competitive championship."
  • Matteo Nannini: "I feel ready and determined to grow as a driver."
  • Thomas Strick: "We have found a good mix for our team."

Affalterbach, 22nd January 2021 – FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 races will once again share the bill with the Formula 1 World Championship in 2021. There will, however, be one change, from which HWA RACELAB is set to benefit: FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 will hold their races on different weekends this season. This makes it possible to field one driver in both series. Matteo Nannini is one driver who will take on double driving duties. The 17-year-old will have the opportunity to gain as much experience as possible within HWA's Formula 1 talent development programme.

The nephew of former Formula 1 Grand Prix winner, Alessandro Nannini, has already completed his first drives in the HWA RACELAB Formula 2 car. Back in December 2020 he represented the team at the post-season Formula 2 tests in Sakhir (Bahrain).

Alessio Deledda has spent the past two years driving for Campos Racing in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, and is now stepping up to the more powerful cars in FIA Formula 2. While the Formula 3 cars have 380 hp, the cars in Formula 2 take to the track with a mighty 620 hp. Alessio started his professional motorsport career in motorcycle racing, and appeared in the Italian Supersport 600 championship in 2017. In 2018, he switched to Formula racing and started in the Italian Formula 4 series.

HWA RACELAB will use the official pre-season tests, from 9th to 11th March in Sakhir (Bahrain), to prepare for the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship. The season gets underway from 26th to 28th March - again in Sakhir, where the first three of the 24-race 2021 season will take place.

Alessio Deledda (26, Italy)
"FIA Formula 2 is a new experience that I have been waiting for years. I am excited to be participating in such a competitive championship and testing my skills. I am sure that, together with a team rich in experience like HWA, we will be able to grow together on this journey that awaits us."

Matteo Nannini (17, Italy)
"I am really looking forward to such a busy season! 45 races in 2021 are going to be demanding, but I feel ready and determined to grow as a driver, having the opportunity to race in both FIA F2 and F3. It will be my first year in Formula 2. I know it will not be easy, but I am willing to learn as much as possible. I am confident heading into my second season in Formula 3 and I am sure that HWA will provide me with a competitive package to do well. I truly believe in HWA’s F1 Talent Factory programme and I am excited, as my double commitment in 2021 will be key to bring me one step closer to Formula 1."

Thomas Strick (Team Principal HWA RACELAB)
"We have found a good mix for our team, with a young and very talented driver, together with a slightly older but equally ambitious driver. We have taken a conscious decision to field Matteo in both series. The advantage for the young driver is that he can be introduced more quickly to the high performance of a Formula 1 car, as the Formula 2 car comes far closer to matching this performance."

About Alessio Deledda:
Born:                          10th December 1994 in Rome (Italy)
Career:                       2018 Italian Formula 4
                                   2019 – 2020 FIA Formula 3
                                   2020 F3 Asian Championship

About Matteo Nannini:
Born:                          10th July 2003 in Faenza (Italy)
Career:                       2016 Kart champion in the ROK Cup Italy (Junior ROK 125 class)
                                   2016 Kart champion in the Trofeo dei Campioni (Junior ROK 125 class)             
                                   2019 Champion in the Formula 4 UAE Championship
                                   2020 FIA Formula 3: 3rd place in Barcelona          


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 in the FIA Formula 2 Championship since 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

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