The team’s existing entry will be taken over by its current engineering and technology partner: HWA RACELAB.
Arden has formed part the F2 grid for the Championship’s first three seasons and during that time the team has recorded seven podium finishes including four race victories.
Prior to that, Arden participated for twelve years in the fore-runner to F2: the GP2 Series, taking fifteen victories and finishing runner-up twice in the drivers’ championship, (in 2005 with Heikki Kovalainen and in 2012 with Luiz Razia). Arden also finished runner-up in the Teams’ championship twice in the GP2 Asian Series and once in the GP2 Series.
Arden’s GP2 and F2 team has provided a platform for many young drivers to go on and enjoy distinguished careers in F1, Sportscars, FE and DTM, including Heikki Kovalainen, Sergio Perez, Nicolas Lapierre, Sebastian Buemi, Bruno Senna, Jolyon Palmer, Charles Pic, Mitch Evans and Edoardo Mortara amongst many others.
“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,” said Garry Horner, Arden CEO and Team Principal, “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…”
Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel said: “First of all, I would like to thank Garry Horner and everyone at Arden International for their involvement and hard work throughout the years. They have been with us since the beginning. I wish them many successes in their next endeavours.
“I would like to welcome HWA RACELAB in Formula 2. They are a force to reckon with in motorsport and I am convinced that they will adapt quickly to our championship.”
The Banbury-based outfit’s final race in the series will be at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, over the weekend of 29th November to 1st December 2019 with drivers Tatiana Calderon and Artem Markelov.