HWA will take over Arden’s FIA Formula 2 Championship entry next year, dovetailing its existing DTM and Formula E Championship programmes.

The German-based company has a lengthy association with Mercedes-Benz, managing several AMG Mercedes teams in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (claiming eight Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship titles) and more recently ran the team which has evolved into Mercedes’ factory team in the Formula E Championship which will make its debut in the 2019/20 season.

Among its other single-seater forays, the outfit entered into a partnership with Arden for the 2019 Formula 2 Championship season and provided engineering support for the British outfit. The team won the Monaco and France Sprint races with the late Anthoine Hubert before the Frenchman was tragically killed in the Belgian Feature race at Spa-Francorchamps.

“We are looking forward to this challenge in another formula series for young drivers,” said HWA CEO Ulrich Fritz.

“Alongside our involvement in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, we are now represented on the next level of the FIA Formula pyramid, ensuring a continuous development of talented motorsport youngsters.

“It is also further evidence of the 360 degree motorsport expertise of HWA. From the promotion of young drivers in Formula E to DTM and GT racing, we now cover an incredibly broad spectrum.”

The news will end Arden’s association in Formula 1’s official feeder series, having raced in every season of the championship and its International Formula 3000 and GP2 Series forebears since 2005.

It won three successive F3000 Teams’ Championship titles in 2002-4, with Björn Wirdheim and Vitantonio Liuzzi claiming the Drivers’ Championship crowns in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

Arden International CEO Garry Horner, the father of Red Bull Racing team principal Christian who co-founded the team with his son, indicated the team would still continue to operate in other championships.

“Arden has successfully competed in the premier F1 feeder series for over 20 years and we have now decided to step back from the category in order to explore other avenues,” he said.

“We have enjoyed our time in the (GP2 and) F2 Championships and, at some point in the future, may consider returning to the grid. Never say never…”

Arden F2 team principal Kenny Kirwan, who has been at the helm of the team for the past three seasons, will remain on board in his role as the team transitions to HWA ownership.

“This latest development is really very exciting news and will allow us to make another leap forwards in terms of development and performance,” Kirwan explained.

“The Arden and HWA partnership has worked extremely well this season and our intention is to close this chapter with victory in Abu Dhabi.”

Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship

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